Anti-Hazing Information

Anti-Hazing Information

If you receive reports of or witness inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life or the Office of Student Conduct.  All information regarding alleged hazing activities can be submitted using the Hazing Incident Reporting Form.  Information will be handled in an immediate and discreet manner.

UCO Code of Student Conduct

III. Student Expectations and Responsibilities, H. Prohibited Conduct, #7 Hazing 

Hazing and/or any solicitations to engage in hazing are strictly prohibited at the University of Central Oklahoma. Hazing is an act which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, which may degrade any person or lead to the destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the University shall engage or participate in hazing. Any penalties imposed by the University for hazing are separate from, and in addition to, penalties resulting from criminal cases, or the organization’s governing body.

Regardless of the incident location(s), any student(s) and/or student organization(s) found responsible for any form of hazing may be subjectto immediate suspension and/or expulsion. The expressed or implied consent of the victim shall not be considered as a defense. Apathy and/or consent in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they shall be considered violations of this policy. Please refer to Section V.J. for more information on the Oklahoma Law against hazing.

Oklahoma Statutes – Title 21 – Crimes and Punishment

§21-1190.  Hazing – Prohibition – Presumption as forced activity – Penalty – Definition.

A.  No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of any public or private school or institution of higher education in this state shall engage or participate in hazing.

B.  Any hazing activity described in subsection F of this section upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization sanctioned or authorized by a public or private school or by any institution of higher education in this state is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity.

C.  A copy of the policy or the rules and regulations of the public or private school or institution of higher education which prohibits hazing shall be given to each student enrolled in the school or institution and shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all organizations operating at the public school or the institution of higher education.

D.  Any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of a public or private school or of an institution of higher education in this state which violates subsection A of this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) and the forfeit for a period of not less than one (1) year all of the rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at the public or private school or at the institution of higher education.

E.  Any individual convicted of violating the provisions of subsection A of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punishable by imprisonment for not to exceed ninety (90) days in the county jail, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such imprisonment and fine.

F.  For purposes of this section:

  1. “Hazing” means an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating subject to the sanction of the public or private school or of any institution of higher education in this state;
  2. “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 as defined in Section 506 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes, low-point beer as defined in Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes, drug, controlled dangerous substance, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual; and
  3. “Endanger the mental health” shall include any activity, except those activities authorized by law, which would subject the 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.

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