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Information Regarding Hazing
Appalachian State University, The State of North Carolina, Office of Campus Activities, and The Interfraternity, Panhellenic and National Pan-Hellenic Councils do not tolerate or encourage any activities that may constitute hazing according to the definitions below. We encourage any member that believes they have been a victim of hazing to report the alleged violation directly to the Office of Campus Activities so that the incident can be investigated immediately and appropriately.
Inter/national Social Fraternities and Sororities Policies on Hazing
No chapter, colony, 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 fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort in any form: creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law."
The State of North Carolina Hazing Law
§ 14-35. Hazing; definition and punishment.
It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: "to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group." Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1913, c. 169, ss. 1, 2, 3, 4; C.S., s. 4217; 1969, c. 1224, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 19; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 2003-299, s. 1; and as it may be amended hereafter.)
Appalachian State University Student Code of Conduct
a. Causing or permitting an individual, as part of an initiation or as a criterion or perceived criterion of membership in a society, club, athletic team, or similar group or organization, to participate in any activity that subjects or is likely to subject that individual or others to risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm, or destroys or removes property, whether or not that individual has consented to participation in the activity. Silent participation or being in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act; they are considered a violation of this provision.
Minimum Sanction: Disciplinary Probation
National Anti-Hazing Hotline
As part of the ongoing effort to end hazing on college campuses and particularly in Greek organizations, 20 international fraternities and sororities have joined together to establish a national Anti-Hazing Hotline. The toll-free number is 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1888-668-4293). The line is available to those they, or students they know, have been made or may be made victims of hazing. Callers may remain anonymous or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly.