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.
- 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.
- 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.