8454 Hazing

The Grand Island Public Schools prohibits hazing activities. Hazing shall mean any activity by which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health or safety of an individual for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership with any organization of student members, including groups, clubs, organizations, grade levels, classes, teams, and other activities operating under the sanction of the Grand Island Public Schools. Any student who engages in or encourages hazing is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including denial of any or all school privileges, expulsion, and referral to legal authorities.

Prohibited activities shall include, but not be limited to, whipping, beating, branding, an act of sexual penetration, an exposure of the genitals of the body done with intent to affront or alarm any person, a lewd fondling or caressing of the body of another person, forced and prolonged calisthenics, prolonged exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drugs, or harmful substance not generally intended for human consumption, prolonged sleep deprivation, or any brutal treatment, or the performance of any unlawful act which endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any person. Further, such prohibited activities shall be irrespective of the willingness of the victim to participate, or whether they occur off or on school grounds. The list below provides some common example of hazing traditions:

A. Subtle 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.
• Deception
• 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 while the are identified with demeaning terms

B. Harassment hazing
Harassment hazing is behavior that causes emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like part of the group. Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members/rookies.
• 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

C. Violent Hazing
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
• Branding
• Forced or coerced ingestion of vile substances or concoctions
• Burning
• Water intoxication
• Expecting abuse or mistreatment of animals
• Public nudity
• Expecting illegal activity
• Bondage
• Abductions/kidnaps
• Exposure to cold weather or extreme heat without appropriate protection

Any person who believes he or she has been a victim of hazing or any person with knowledge of an activity, which may constitute hazing, shall report the activity to a building administrator. The building principal shall undertake or authorize an investigation into the alleged prohibited activities and take appropriate action. Such action may include, but not be limited to, verbal or written reprimand, suspension, expulsion, administrative transfer, termination, discharge, or referral to legal authorities.

Legal Reference: Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 79-2,101 to 79-2,103
Student Discipline Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 79-254 to 79-296
Reference Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 28-311.06 to 28-311.07

Policy Adopted: 10-5-00
Policy Revised: 10.11.12
Policy Revised: 09.08.2016