Mansfield University Initiation Practices Policy
ALL organizations that require an initiation process must abide by the following rules and regulations when developing a program by which persons become members of the organization.
The university believes that an effective organization is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral responsibility, respect for duly constituted authority, and loyalty to the principles of higher education. While social behavior cannot be legislated, an organization without morally sound precepts and practices is not a constructive influence on university students.
An organization has a solemn obligation in the development of its pledges and members, and this responsibility extends alike to the institutions where it is represented, to parents and others who make possible the education of pledges for good citizenship and to the university of which it is a part.
Despite the fact that much progress has been made, one of the most damaging instruments to any organization is the employment of a program of education that includes hazing. This unproductive, ridiculous and hazardous 'tradition' has no rightful place in any university.
The university defines hazing as any intentional action taken, or situation created, on or off university premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
Initiation Rules and Regulations:
- All activities will be non-alcoholic in nature for new, current, and alumni members.
- No person shall engage in an activity that involves compelling a person to remain at a certain place or transporting someone without his or her knowledge or consent.
- Chairings, "poling", pledge walks, or other similar "traditional" activities, involving any person (new, associate member, member, affiliate, guest), are not permitted at any time.
- No membership-related activity shall be required of any person (new, associate, member, affiliate, guest) between the hours of 11pm and 8am.
- In cases where membership-related activities are carried out in a campus residence hall, the Assistant Director of Residence Life of that particular building must approve the activity prior to the event.
- Each organization must submit a new member program to the university upon request.
- Any willful destruction, or removal, of public or private property is prohibited.
- Membership-related activities should be kept within properly reserved space, and generally should not be conducted in "public".
- All new/associate member activities must end two weeks prior to the final exam period.
- Activities interfering with scholastic activities or participation in other university events;
- Total nudity at any time or dress which is inconsistent with weather conditions;
- Dropping food into mouths or the forced consumption of any food, alcohol, drug or other substance;
- Paddle swats, beating, whipping, branding or any brutality of a physical nature;
- Waking individuals during the night, therefore, depriving the individual of sleep and causing less than eight continuous hours of sleep any given night;
- Creating excessive fatigue, requiring calisthenics, physical or psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts or scavenger hunts;
- Kidnapping of individuals, or road trips;
- Assigning pranks such as stealing, panty raids or harassment of another organization;
- Intentionally "messing up" an area for the associates/pledges to clean;
- Calling new/associate members names or yelling/screaming at them;
- Requiring members to publicly wear apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
- Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery;
- Forcing exclusion from social contact;
- Forcing conduct that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.
- For purposes of definition, any activity described in this policy upon which the initiation of admission into, affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
ANY INCIDENT OF HAZING SHOULD BE REPORTED!
State Charge Type Potential Penalty
Pennsylvania 3rd Degree Misdemeanor Max. 1yr. Prison Term/Fines
New York State Class D/E Felony 1-7 yrs. in Prison Term/Fines
Mansfield University Withholding transcripts/Expulsion
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