Florida Southern College prohibits hazing.
Students participating in recruitment through the Center for Student Involvement will be required to sign a document acknowledging an understanding of the terms outlined here.
Violations by individuals or student groups constitute grounds for disciplinary action. The policy on hazing applies to all campus organizations.
It is a violation for students, faculty, staff, or alumnae to engage in any activity that may be construed as hazing on or off campus. Hazing is any action taken or situation created that produces mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, wearing apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities that call undue attention to a difference in status between initiated and non-initiated members (running errands, carrying food or trays, etc.), and late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities, regulations, and policies of Florida Southern College.
1006.63 Hazing prohibited.—
(1) As used in this section, “hazing” means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. “Hazing” includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.