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What is Hazing?

Hazing is widely defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and  risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.

Stony Brook University’s Code of Student Responsibility Section defines hazing as: 

Hazing: In connection with an affiliation to any organization, group, team, or sports club: no student shall (i) endanger the mental, physical, or emotional health of a person, intentionally or recklessly, by commission or omission, regardless of whether the other person has consented to the activity; (ii) participate in activities on or off University property, involving the forced or expected consumption of alcohol, drugs or other substances, or damage, destroy, tamper with, or remove public or private property. 

Hazing conduct may result in individual charges and arrest under the New York State Penal Law, and charges under the Code, which can lead to suspension or expulsion from the University. Hazing conduct may also result in group sanctions, such as the extension of the current suspension; and/or the suspension or permanent expulsion of the organization from future campus recognition.