Student Handbook

Anti-Hazing Policy

Recognizing that the physical and psychological well-being of members of the Alma College community need to be safeguarded and that interference with any person’s academic pursuits needs to be avoided, Alma College prohibits any hazing of an individual in any activities pursued by any college organization, athletic team, campus group or individual. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off college premises, that produces mental, emotional or physical discomfort, harassment or ridicule, or which prohibits persons from meeting academic or other personal obligations to the best of their abilities.

The interpretation of this definition is to include, but not be limited to the following: paddling; creation of excessive fatigue; restraining people against their will; physical and psychological shocks; public displays which are unreasonably disruptive to other members of the campus and/or public; wearing publicly costumes which are conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in compulsory public stunts, buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; forced ingestion of any substance (particularly alcohol); and any other activities which are not consistent with the policies or regulations of Alma College. Walk-ins, captures and ripoffs shall not be allowed on or off campus.

Any violations of this policy will follow standard disciplinary procedures set forth in the Student Life Handbook. Individual students or groups who violate this prohibition against hazing will have their cases heard by the Vice President for Student Life or the Campus Judicial Committee because violations of the Anti-Hazing Policy may result in the suspension of individuals or organizations.

Last updated 10/1/2013