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I. Title of Regulation
II. Objective of Regulation
To communicate expectations against hazing for individual students, organizations and teams and to outline possible sanctions if found engaging in hazing.
N.J.S.A.18A:3-27.1 – 27.4.
IV. Regulation Statement
Brookdale Community College does not tolerate hazing in any form. Any member of the College community found responsible for violating the Anti-Hazing Policy and this Regulation will face disciplinary action from the College and may also receive civil and criminal penalties
A. Definitions relative to hazing
a. A person is guilty of hazing, if, in connection with initiation of an applicant(s) to or members of a student team or fraternal organization, whose membership is primarily students or alumni of the team, organization or College, the person knowingly or recklessly:
i. causes, coerces, or otherwise induces another person to commit an act that violates federal or state criminal law;
ii. causes, coerces, or otherwise induces another person to consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the person to a risk of emotional or physical harm or is otherwise deleterious to the person’s health;
iii. subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a physical nature, including, but not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, excessive calisthenics, or exposure to the elements;
iv. subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a mental or emotional nature, including, but not limited to, activity adversely affecting the mental or emotional health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact, or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
v. subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation of a sexual nature; or
vi. subjects another person to any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the person.
b. Hazing shall not include any reasonable and customary athletic, law enforcement, or military training; contests; competitions; or events.
c. Organization means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club or service, sports team, social or similar group, whose members are primarily students (sometimes minors), or alumni of the organization, team or an institution of higher education; or a national or international organization with which such a group is affiliated.
d. a student is defined as a person who is currently enrolled or registered as a credit student at the College at the time of the incident as to which the person has been charged with violation of this regulation. If a person is not enrolled or registered at the time of an incident in which they are involved which may constitute a violation of this regulation, that person and the referenced alleged misconduct may become subject to the Student Code of Conduct upon the person’s enrollment or reenrollment at the College.
B. Reporting a Violation. Hazing incidents are to be reported to the Student Conduct and Compliance Office via an online reporting form, available at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?BrookdaleCC. At this point, the Report will be processed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct (https://www.brookdalecc.edu/avp-student-affairs/conduct/)
C. Penalties for violation of the Anti-Hazing Policy and this Regulation include:
a. imposition of fines;
b. the withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the rules or payment of fines;
c. the rescission of permission for the organization to operate on campus or to otherwise operate under the sanction or recognition of the institution;
d. the imposition of probation, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion; and
e. other sanctions defined in the Student Code of Conduct.
D. Official College Report on Violations:
a. The College shall maintain a report which includes information on all violations of the College’s Anti-Hazing Policy and Regulation and federal and State laws related to hazing that are reported to the College. This Report shall be retained by the College for five years.
b. The Report shall include:
i. the date when the subject was charged with a violation of the College’s Anti-Hazing Policy and Regulation or a federal or State law related to hazing;
ii. a general description of the violation, any investigation and findings by the College and, if applicable, penalties imposed; and
iii. the date the matter was resolved.
E. The initial Report for 2022, and for future reporting periods, shall include information concerning violations that have been reported to the College for the five consecutive years prior to the effective date of the Anti-Hazing Policy, to the extent applicable. The College shall post an updated Report biannually on January 1 and August 1 of each calendar year which shall not include the personal identifying information of an individual(s).
V. Responsibility for Implementation
Vice President, Student Affairs
Approved: President, 10/26/2022