Not only is hazing against Sigma Chi policy, 44 states have anti-hazing laws on the books.
Here are a few examples of the laws in various States:
- Under Alabama state law, any person who commits the offense of hazing shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and must forfeit all public funds, scholarship or awards.
- California's anti-hazing law states: "No student ... shall conspire or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution. The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1 00-$5,000 fine or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both."
- Indiana state law defines hazing as"... forcing or requiring another person, with or without the consent of the other person, and as a condition of association with a group or organization, to perform an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury." Additionally, knowingly or intentionally committing an act of hazing is deemed "criminal recklessness" in Indiana, which is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor or a Class C felony, depending upon the severity of injuries sustained by the victim of a hazing incident.
- Laws in Texas assert that failing to report hazing is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, or confinement to county jail for up to 180 days, or both. Any other hazing offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $500- $1 0,000, or confinement in county jail for between 90 days to two years, or both. Notably, a chapter commits an offense of hazing if the chapter condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the chapter commits or assists in the commission of hazing. And, such an offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than $5,000 up to double the amount of expenses incurred due to the injury, damage or loss sustained by the victim.
For more information regarding hazing laws in your state, visit www.stophazing.org.