Student Handbook

Anti-Hazing Policy

Wright State University recognizes that membership in co-curricular student organizations can significantly enhance the learning and growth experiences of university students. In accordance with state and federal laws, the university adamantly prohibits any form of hazing by any registered student organizations. All new member orientation and initiation activities are expected to be unquestionable in their purpose and intention. Further, these activities should support the attainment of all purposes stated in the respective student organization constitutions.

No student organization, individual student, or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as:

"Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off the campus premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual, or policy, or the regulations and policies of Wright State University, or applicable state and/or federal law(s).

Any individual or organization suspected of authorizing or tolerating the occurrence of a hazing incident will be subject to an investigation by either the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct and/or the appropriate University department. The investigation may be followed by a formal disciplinary hearing in accordance with the student conduct due process procedures outlined in the WSU Code of Student Conduct.

All student organizations registered with Wright State University must sign and submit to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership the "Anti-Hazing Agreement," each academic year and immediately following any change in the presidency of the organization. The acceptance of this agreement will certify all officers and members have been informed of and will comply with the WSU Anti-Hazing Policy and Ohio Law. Any organization not submitting this form with the proper signatures by the required date will automatically incur loss of university affiliation and services. It is the additional responsibility of registered student organization leaders to review the WSU Anti-Hazing Policy with all prospective members. All questions regarding this policy and its interpretation should be directed to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, 019 Student Union.

Updated 8/2007