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SPSU Hazing Policy

 The state of Georgia’s current hazing law (G.S. 16-5-61) makes it “unlawful for any person to haze any student in connection with or as a condition or precondition of gaining acceptance, membership, office, or other status in a school organization.” Southern Polytechnic State University’s policy on hazing reflects this law; making hazing inconsistent with the goals and purposes of SPSU and is explicitly forbidden.


  1. Hazing means any situation or action which (1) recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or, (2) willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, an organization operating under the sanctions of, or recognized as an organization by the University including, without limitation, fraternities and sororities.
  2. Examples of prohibited hazing follow. These examples are merely illustrative of specific forbidden practices and are not intended to be all-inclusive.
  • Any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, or exposure to the elements.
  • Forced consumption of food, liquor, drug, or any other substance.
  • Any activity which would subject the individual to mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, or conduct which could result in embarrassment.
  • Any willful destruction or removal of public or private property
  • Placing a member or pledge in a situation of actual or simulated peril or jeopardy.
  • Undignified stunts or methods, either private or public, and/or any ordeal which is in any respect indecent or shocking.
  • Tasks of servitude, including errands and clean-up activities for active members, alumni, or any other SPSU student;
  • Kidnapping or paddling.
  • Any activity not consistent with the policies and mission of the University.