Policy on Hazing

Hazing constitutes a violation of the Roanoke College Student Conduct Code. Hazing is defined by the college as a violation of the state code of Virginia (see below) and / or as any intentional action or created situation, whether on or off college premises, that produces psychological or physical discomfort or injury, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.  Hazing activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: use of alcohol, physical abuse including paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological stress, quests, treasure and scavenger hunts, road trips, wearing of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in activities which are morally degrading, humiliating, or embarrassing; and any other activities which are inconsistent with or in violation of college policies.

Va. State Code Sections 18.2-56 - It shall be unlawful to haze so as to cause bodily injury, any student at any school, college, or university.  Any person found guilty thereof shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Any person receiving bodily injury by hazing  shall have a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants.

The president, or other presiding official of any school, college or university, receiving appropriations from the state treasury shall, upon satisfactory proof of the guilt of any student of hazing another student, sanction and discipline such student so found guilty, and in accordance with the institution's policies and procedures. The institution's policies and procedures shall provide for expulsions or other appropriate discipline based on the facts and circumstances of each case. The president or other presiding official of any school, college or university receiving appropriations from the state treasury shall report  hazing which causes bodily injury to the attorney for the Commonwealth of the county or city in which such school, college or university is, who shall take such action as he deems appropriate.

For the purposes of this section, "hazing " means to recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict bodily injury on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant activity.

Revised: March 2003