BU has zero tolerance for HAZING!
Please see the University policy on hazing: click here.
To report any acts of hazing please contact the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734 or call the HAZING HOTLINE, 1-866-755-HAZE (4893).
According to University Policy, hazing is considered to be any activity or intimidating practice directed toward other individuals. Specifically the Code of Conduct mandates "no person shall engage in hazing activities or intimidating practices toward others persons.
Three Kinds of Hazing:
*Subtle Hazing: Behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between new members and veterans of the group or team. Too often they are mistakenly accepted as “harmless.” Most often they involve ridicule, embarrassment and humiliation, and could even be considered as harassment! Some new members seem to expect such treatment (e.g., name calling, etc.)and endure it for the sake of acceptance.
*Harassment Hazing: Behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort that puts unnecessary stress upon the victims (e.g., verbal abuse and threats, etc.).
*Violent Hazing: Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional harm (e.g., beating, branding, excessive exercise, forced alcohol consumption, etc.)
Facts About Hazing
1. Hazing is a violation of the State Anti-Hazing Law and is considered a misdemeanor of the third degree.
2. Hazing is defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or saftey of a student or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condiction for continued membership in, any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by Bloomsburg University.
3. Hazing includes any physical brutality, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drug or any other substance, forced physical activity that could effect physical health and safety, any activity causing extreme mental stress, any conduct that causes extreme embarrassment.
4. Hazing also includes willful destruction or removal of public or private property.
5. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully hurt or has violated this policy, be a voice for the unwilling and report the incident to Donald Young, Director or Student Standards, Gretchen Osterman, Coordinator of Greek Affairs, or call the confidential University hotline at 1-866-755-4293. If you have to question it, report it!
ALL ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF THE HAZING POLICY OUTLINED IN THE PILOT WILL BE INVESTIGATED AND ADJUGATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.