All students organizations are responsible for making sure that the activities they do are absolutely voluntary and do not constitute hazing. Officers should take special care to familiarize themselves with the hazing policy that is in the Student Handbook.
From the Student Handbook:
Hazing is strictly prohibited at Dartmouth College, by both College policy and New Hampshire law. Violation of the student hazing policy may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action (See: Standards of Conduct I and Conduct II).
Students and organizations should be mindful of both the New Hampshire legal definition of hazing and Dartmouth's broader hazing definition. In addition to incurring serious College-imposed consequences for violations of Dartmouth policy, students and organizations may be subject to criminal prosecution for violation of the New Hampshire anti-hazing law.
Under state law, the College is obliged to report hazing as defined by New Hampshire law, to law enforcement officials and to take reasonable measures to prevent hazing. Dartmouth students and employees are required to notify appropriate College officials of any perceived instance of hazing, as defined by College policy and/or New Hampshire law. Reports may be made directly to the Dean of the College Office or to coaches, advisors, class deans, the Department of Safety and Security, or other College officials who have responsibilities for student organizations. Employees receiving such reports must share them with the Dean of the College, who has the responsibility for determining whether the alleged behavior must be reported to law enforcement authorities (Allegations of hazing, including anonymous allegations, may also be reported 24-hours a day to the Department of Safety and Security by calling 646-2234 or by BlitzMail. The Department of Safety and Security will share those reports with the Dean of the College).
Dartmouth Prohibition of Hazing
No student, College employee, College volunteer, student organization, athletic team, or other College-recognized group or association shall conduct or condone hazing activities, "consensual" or not.
Dartmouth Definition of Hazing
Hazing is defined as: Any action taken or situation created involving prospective or new members of a group or as a condition of continued membership in a groups (fraternity, sorority, team, club, or other organization), which would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely to produce mental or physical discomfort, harm, stress, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The definition of hazing applies whether or not the participants consent to such activity or perceive the behavior as "voluntary." This definition applies to behavior on or off College property or organization premises.
New Hampshire law makes a student is responsible for behavior when he or she solicits, aids, or agrees or attempts to aid another person in planning or committing the behavior, regardless of whether the person committing the behavior is charged. See NH RSA 626:8.
For more information, please visit the Student Handbook.
Last Updated: 6/15/12