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No. 247

UNION
SCHOOL DISTRICT

SECTION: PUPILS 

TITLE: HAZING 

ADOPTED: December 4, 2003 

REVISED:
1. Purpose The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe, positive environment for students
and staff that is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with
the educational goals of the district and are prohibited at all times.
2. Definitions For purposes of this policy hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or
intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student or
causes willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of
initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the
Board.

Endanger the physical health shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a
physical nature, such as whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure
to the elements; forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverage, drug, or
controlled substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the
physical health or safety of the individual.

Endanger the mental health shall include any activity that would subject an
individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced
prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in
extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect
the mental health or dignity of the individual.

Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a
forced activity, even if a student willingly participates.
3. Authority
SC 510, 511
Pol. 122, 123
The Board does not condone any form of initiation or harassment, known as hazing,
as part of any school-sponsored student activity. No student, coach, sponsor,
volunteer or district employee shall plan, direct, encourage, assist or engage in any
hazing activity.

The Board directs that no administrator, coach, sponsor, volunteer or district
employee shall permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing.

The district will investigate all complaints of hazing and will administer appropriate
discipline to any individual who violates this policy.

The Board encourages students who have been subjected to hazing to promptly
report such incidents to the building principal.
4. Delegation of
Responsibility
District administrators shall investigate promptly all complaints of hazing and
administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy.

Students, administrators, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, and district employees shall
be alert to incidents of hazing and shall report such conduct to the building principal.

The district shall annually inform students, parents/guardians, coaches, sponsors,
volunteers and district staff that hazing of district students is prohibited, by means of
distribution of written policy, publication in handbooks, presentation at an assembly,
verbal instructions by the coach or sponsor at the start of the season or program,
and/or posting of notice/signs.
5. Guidelines Complaint Procedure

1. When a student believes that s/he has been subject to hazing, the student shall
promptly report the incident, orally or in writing, to the building principal.

2. The principal shall conduct a timely, impartial, thorough, and comprehensive
investigation of the alleged hazing.

3. The principal shall prepare a written report summarizing the investigation and
recommending disposition of the complaint. Copies of the report shall be
provided to the complainant, the accused, and others directly involved, as
appropriate.

4. If the investigation results in a substantiated finding of hazing, the principal
shall recommend appropriate disciplinary action, as circumstances warrant, in
accordance with the Code of Conduct. Additionally, the student may be subject
to disciplinary action by the coach or sponsor, up to and including removal from
the activity.

5. If the investigation results in a substantiated finding that a coach or sponsor
affiliated with the activity planned, directed, encouraged, assisted, engaged,
condoned, tolerated or ignored any form of hazing, s/he will be appropriately
disciplined. Discipline could be up to and including loss of compensation and/or
immediate dismissal from their responsibilities to that activity.
  References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 510, 511

Board Policy – 122, 123
   
   
   
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