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State and University Laws and Regulations against Hazing

The definition of hazing according to the Fraternity Executives Association is as follows:

Any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside the confines of the house; wearing, publicly, apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games or activities; and any other activities that are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy, or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.

The definition of hazing according to the University of Hartford is as follows:

In addition to the definition as described by the Fraternity Executives Association, the University of Hartford further defines hazing to include, but not be limited to, forcing, requiring, or expecting new members of any student organization to participate in any of the following activities:

1. Drinking alcohol or any other substance

2. Using any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance

3. Eating foods or quantities of food that a reasonable person would not eat

4. Branding

5. Permitting less than six continuous, uninterrupted hours' sleep per night

6. Nudity at any time

7. Conducting activities that do not allow adequate study time

8. Subjecting a person or group of people to verbal harassment

9. The use of demeaning names

10. Misleading new members in an effort to convince them that they will not be
initiated, that they will be hurt during initiation, or any other activity that would cause mental stress

11. Carrying any items (shields, paddles, bricks, etc.) that serve no constructive purpose or that are designed to punish or embarrass the carrier

12. Compelling a person to remain in a certain place, or transporting a person or group anywhere, without the person's or group's consent (road trips, kidnaps, etc.)

13. Trashing, intentionally, any area for the purpose of annoying others or for having others clean the trashed area

14. Not permitting new members to talk for an extended period of time

15. Having new members talk for an extended period of time

16. Blindfolding or parading individuals in public areas, blindfolding and transporting in a motor vehicle, or privately conducting blindfolding activities that serve no constructive purpose

17. Exposure to the elements

18. Conducting "interrogations" or any other nonconstructive questioning

19. Putting new members in a room that is uncomfortable (temperature, noise, small size)

20. Expecting new members to do anything exclusively for "fun" or "entertainment" of the members

21. Actions, forced or required, that violate federal, state, or local law

Individual students and/or student organizations allegedly violating these policies will be subject to judicial action. In addition to action taken by the University, individual students and/or student organizations may be subject to criminal or civil action (Connecticut Public Act Number 88-328).


Connecticut Hazing Laws and Regulations

Sec. 53-23a. Hazing.

a. For purposes of this section:

1. "Hazing" means any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the health or safety of a person for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a student organization. The term shall include, but not be limited to:

A. Requiring indecent exposure of the body;

B. Requiring any activity that would subject the person to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation or extended isolation from social contact;

C. Confinement of the person to unreasonably small, unventilated, unsanitary, or unlighted areas;

D. Any assault upon the person; or

E. Requiring the ingestion of any substance or any other physical activity which could adversely affect the health or safety of the individual. The term shall not include an action sponsored by an institution of higher education which requires any athletic practice, conditioning, or competition or curricular activity.

2. "Student organization" means a fraternity, sorority, or any other organization organized or operating at an institution of higher education.

b) No student organization or member of a student organization shall engage in hazing any member or person pledged to be a member of the organization. The implied or express consent of the victim shall not be a defense in any action brought under this section.

c) A student organization which violates subsection (b) of this section (1) shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand five hundred dollars and (2) shall forfeit for a period of not less than one year all of the rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at an institution of higher education.

d) A member of a student organization who violates subsection (b) of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.

e) This section shall not in any manner limit or exclude prosecution or punishment for any crime or any civil remedy.

For more information, contact us at 860.768.4424 or antihaze@hartford.edu.

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