Hazing

THE ROCKVILLE CENTRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SOUTH SIDE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT DO NOT CONDONE ANY PRACTICE OF HAZING. THOSE THAT VIOLATE THIS POLICY WILL BE SUBJECT TO STRICT DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS.

Hazing at any age can be exceedingly harmful. Hazing at the Middle School or High School levels are particularly troubling because the developmental stages of adolescence create a situation in which students are more vulnerable to peer pressure. This is due to the tremendous need for belonging, making friends and finding approval in one’s peer group.

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce a mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Posting or forwarding negative or unwarranted comments and/or photos on social media
  • Forcing the use of alcohol/drugs
  • Causing physical or psychological harm
  • Forcing the engagement of public stunts or illegal activities
  • Defacing property
  • Forcing the engagement of morally degrading and/or humiliating games and activities

 

SUBTLE HAZING: Actions that are against accepted school district standards of conduct (refer to school DASA Policy), behavior and good taste. Any activity or attitude directed towards a student which ridicules, humiliates or embarrasses.

HARASSMENT HAZING: Anything that causes mental anguish or physical discomfort to the student. Any activity which confuses, frustrates or causes undue stress.

Hazing is not about “traditions” or “silly antics”. It is about abuse of power and violation of human dignity. Hazing is a form of abuse and victimization.