Max Gruver Act Hazing Report
At Reinhardt University, we are committed to providing a safe educational environment for our students and student organizations. As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, hazing is a violation of state law and is strictly prohibited by Reinhardt University both on and off campus. Violation of this policy may result in both disciplinary action and criminal charges.
In compliance with the Georgia SB 85 "Max Gruver Act", beginning July 1, 2021 Reinhardt University will publicly disclose administrative adjudication of hazing or hazing related convictions. The law requires that institutions establish policies to facilitate the:
- Reporting, investigation, provision of due process, and administrative adjudication of alleged incidents of hazing as related to students and student organizations; and
- Public disclosure of administrative adjudications of hazing or hazing related convictions within 15 calendar days of final adjudication or public notice of criminal conviction and remain posted for a period of no less than five years.
Public disclosure shall not include the personal identifying information of any individual student and shall be subject to the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
|Example: ABC org||5/1/2021||On 5/20/2021, found group responsible for hazing in the form of forced consumption of alcohol.||Suspended Fall 2020 and Spring 2021||5/20/2026|
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Hazing Prevention Policy
Reinhardt University does not permit the hazing of a student as a requirement for membership or participation in any student organization, athletic team, Greek chapter, colony, club or group. Hazing is not consistent with the mission of the University and is in opposition to the founding principles of fraternity or sorority organizations. The University will not tolerate hazing in any form and any and all acts of hazing by any organization, member, and/or alumni are specifically forbidden.
In accordance with Georgia law; the policies of Reinhardt University and all organizations represented on our campus (including the By-laws of the Interfraternity Council; the North-Reinhardt Interfraternity Conference; the National Panhellenic Conference; and all inter/national organizations represented on our campus) hazing is not permitted.
Hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate (StopHazing.org, 2012).
Hazing activities are defined as: An action taken, or situation created intentionally by an individual or group, whether on- or off-campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule in another person or group, regardless of the consent of the participants. Any act that interferes with regularly scheduled classes or academic pursuits of a student may also be defined as hazing.
Georgia Law on Hazing: (16-5-61. Hazing)
(1) "Haze" or "hazing" means to subject a student to an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health of a student or coerces the student through the use of social or physical pressure to consume any food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to a likely risk of vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness regardless of a student's willingness to participate in such activity.
(2) "School" means any unit of the University System of Georgia, any unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, or any private postsecondary school, college, or university in this state.
(3) "School organization" means any association, corporation, order, club, society, fraternity, sorority, athletic team, or a group living together which has students or alumni as its principal members, including local affiliate organizations.
(4) "Student" means any person enrolled or prospectively enrolled in a school in this state.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to haze any student in connection with or as a condition or precondition of gaining acceptance, membership, office, or other status in a school organization.
(c) Any person who violates this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
Types of Hazing
The following are some examples of hazing divided into three categories: subtle, harassment, and violent. It is impossible to list all possible hazing behaviors because many are context-specific. While this is not an all-inclusive list, it provides some common examples of hazing traditions. Other such activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, ritual or policy, the regulations or policies of the University or applicable state law can be classified as hazing.
Subtle hazing is behavior that emphasizes a power imbalance between new members/rookies and other members of the group or team. Termed “subtle hazing” because these types of hazing are often taken for granted or accepted as “harmless” or meaningless. Subtle hazing typically involves activities or attitudes that breach reasonable standards of mutual respect and place new members/rookies on the receiving end of ridicule, embarrassment, and/or humiliation tactics. New members/rookies often feel the need to endure subtle hazing to feel like part of the group or team. (Some types of subtle hazing may also be considered harassment hazing).
- Assigning demerits
- Silence periods with implied threats for violation
- Deprivation of privileges granted to other members
- Requiring new members/rookies to perform duties not assigned to other members
- Socially isolating new members/rookies
- Line-ups and drills/tests on meaningless information
- Name calling
- Requiring new members/rookies to refer to other members with titles (e.g. “Mr.,” “Miss”) while they are identified with demeaning terms
- Expecting certain items to always be in one's possession
Harassment hazing is behavior that causes emotional anguish or physical discomfort to feel like part of the group. Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members/rookies. (Some types of harassment hazing can also be considered violent hazing).
- Verbal abuse
- Threats or implied threats
- Asking new members to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire
- Stunt or skit nights with degrading, crude, or humiliating acts
- Expecting new members/rookies to perform personal service to other members such as carrying books, errands, cooking, cleaning, etc.
- Sleep deprivation
- Sexual simulations
- Expecting new members/rookies to be deprived of maintaining a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness
- Be expected to harass others
Violent hazing is behavior that has the potential to cause physical and/or emotional, or psychological harm.
- Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption
- Beating, paddling, or other forms of assault
- Forced or coerced ingestion of vile substances or concoctions
- Water intoxication
- Expecting abuse or mistreatment of animals
- Public nudity
- Expecting illegal activity
- Exposure to cold weather or extreme heat without appropriate protection
Sanctions for Hazing
- Persons - normally, not less than disciplinary probation for one academic year, nor more than permanent separation from Reinhardt. In addition, the individual(s) including officers of the organization could face criminal
- Organizations - not less than suspension of privileges for one academic year, nor more than indefinite disbanding of the
Complaints or information concerning an alleged violation of the hazing policy should be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students or Director of Athletics. All reports will be taken seriously. Staff will investigate all complaints and take appropriate action upon confirmation of a violation. Click the Grievance Form to submit your report.
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