The University of Charleston takes any hazing allocations very serious. Hazing is prohibited under penalty up to and including dismissal and can include criminal charges adopted by the state of West Virginia. The University observes the definition used by the Association of Fraternity Advisors. Hazing is…“any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing publicly 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 fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.”
Hazing, as defined, occurs in different situations including, but not limited to, student organizations, athletic teams, academic programs and classes, and residence halls. In case of violations, individuals and the group as a whole will be subject to disciplinary action.
The term includes, but is not limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual or individuals, and includes any activity which would subject the individual or individuals to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual or individuals, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property: Provided, That the implied or expressed consent or willingness of a person or persons to hazing shall not be a defense under this section.
I have been informed of the University’s and the Local/National Organization’s policies against hazing. I understand that these practices are not only harmful but also have no place in Greek-letter organizations. I will not allow myself to be hazed nor will I tolerate the hazing or harassment of any fellow members. If my individual efforts to eliminate hazing do not work, I promise to notify the proper authorities of the hazing activities of which I am aware.
Further, I hereby authorize University of Charleston to disclose the following information contained in my education records to the Office of Student Life for the purposes of joining an organization. I also authorize the release of grade information for the purpose of scholarship awards, recognition, and educational needs. This authorization shall remain effective so long as I am enrolled at the University unless rescinded by me in writing.
ALL information is required.