code of community responsibility

Hazing

Colby-Sawyer College prohibits hazing by any individual, organization, or group affiliated with the college, whether considered consensual or not. The college is obliged to report incidents of hazing; therefore, in addition to any consequences or sanctions the college imposes, individuals and organizations may be subject to criminal prosecution for violation of the New Hampshire anti-hazing law.

Definition

“Hazing” means any conduct or method of initiation or induction into any student organization or community, whether on public or private property, which would be perceived by a reasonable person as willfully or recklessly endangering the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

Such conduct shall include but is not limited to:

  • forced calisthenics;

  • exposure to the weather;

  • forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance;

  • whipping, beating, branding, or any other brutal treatment;

  • forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person;

  • forced activity which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation; or

  • forced participation in activities that are disruptive or violations of state or federal law or Colby-Sawyer College policy.

A student is responsible for behavior when he or she solicits, aids, or agrees or attempts to aid another person in planning or committing the behavior, regardless of whether the person committing the behavior is charged. (Paragraph adapted from the Dartmouth College “Hazing Policy.”)

Any attempt by a person to intimidate, harass, or punish an individual who is bringing a complaint or involved in the hearing process, will result in disciplinary action.

(See also Harassment and Violence)


Policy revised July 2013 by the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • The primary mission of the college is to promote student academic and personal excellence, thus our living and learning community is based on equality and respect.

  • The demeaning or endangering of another has no place in our community as it harms the targeted student(s) and, by ripple effect, instills a level of fear and suspicion that is detrimental to the community as a whole.

Value
  • Excellence
  • Interconnectedness
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship