7000 - Students
7553 HAZING OF STUDENTS
SUBJECT: HAZING OF STUDENTS
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, productive, and positive learning environment within its schools. Hazing activities are demeaning and abusive behaviors that harm victims, are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District, and may constitute criminal conduct. Consequently, the hazing of students by other students or groups of students is strictly prohibited on school property, in school buildings, on school buses, by school sponsored groups, clubs or teams, and at school sponsored events and/or activities whether occurring on or off-campus. Hazing is prohibited regardless of the victim's apparent willingness to participate in the activity.
For purposes of this policy, the term "hazing" is defined as any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to join a group, regardless of their willingness to participate. Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed a forced activity and in violation of Board policy, regardless of the “willingness” of the student to participate. Acts constituting hazing may range in severity from teasing or embarrassing a student to various forms of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. Hazing behaviors include, but are not limited to:
- Humiliation: socially offensive, isolating, or uncooperative behaviors.
- Substance abuse: abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
- Other dangerous actions: hurtful, aggressive, destructive, and disruptive behaviors.
Education Law Sections 1709-a, 2503-a, and 2801
Penal Law Sections 120.16 and 120.17
8 NYCRR Section 100.2
Refer also to Policies:
- #3410 - Code of Conduct on School Property
- #3420 - Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the School District
- #7551 - Sexual Harassment of Students
- District Code of Conduct
- » 3410 - CODE OF CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
- » 3420 - NON-DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT IN THE SCHOOL
- » 7551 - SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
- » 7552 - BULLYING: PEER ABUSE IN THE SCHOOLS