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Student Affairs

Hazing Policy

Clemson University’s core values are Integrity, Honesty and Respect. Hazing is not consistent with these core values. Therefore, all Clemson University community members/organizations are expected to refrain from hazing. (See Clemson University Student Code of Conduct, Section IX.A.13)

Hazing is any situation created or action taken -- for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in an organization -- which meets one or more of the criteria below.  Hazing can be intentional or unintentional, and can occur with or without consent.  Hazing is also any act that meets the definition of hazing contained in South Carolina Code of Laws section 59-101-200. (See http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c101.php)

Situations/actions that constitute hazing are:

  • Negligent or reckless in nature; or
  • Potentially harmful to
    • Physical safety/health
    • Psychological well-being
    • Opportunities for Academic Success; or
  • Not reflective of the University’s mission, purpose or values.

Such activities and situations may include, but are not limited to:

  • paddling;
  • physical or psychological shocks;
  • forced (whether explicit or implicit) consumption of food, water, alcohol or drugs;
  • kidnapping or abandonment;
  • line-ups and berating;
  • morally degrading behavior;
  • any form of personal servitude;
  • forced (whether explicit or implicit) wearing, publicly or privately, of inappropriate costumes;
  • interference with academic pursuits; or
  • forced (whether explicit or implicit) participation in activities that are illegal, or violate University policy.

Any member of the University community, including a victim, participant, or witness, with knowledge of hazing should report the hazing to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards or Clemson University Police.

Contact: Office of Community and Ethical Standards, 912 University Union, 864-656-0510

Approved Fall 2012

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