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Morehead State University Hazing Policy

Student organizations must protect the welfare of their members, guests, and the University and should take every measure to protect against University, individual, or organizational liability. Organizations and/or their representatives are subject to University disciplinary action, including loss of registration privileges, for violation of the law or University policy. Positive development of members is the main purpose of a student organization, fraternity, or sorority.

These groups are responsible for morally and ethically sound principles and practices and must not indulge in unproductive, ridiculous, or hazardous initiation customs. All organizations and members are expected to comply with the following policy on hazing: Hazing by a student or a group of students is prohibited, either on or off campus.

Morehead State University uses the following definition for hazing:

Any action taken or situation created, whether intentionally or unintentionally or on or off campus, which produces/could produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include:
  • Paddling in any form
  • Creation of excessive fatigue
  • Physical and psychological shocks
  • Road trips
  • Wearing, publicly, apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste
  • Engaging in public stunts or disorderly conduct
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities
  • Late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities
  • And any other activities which are not consistent with federal, state and local law, organizational rituals or policies, and/or the regulations and policies of MSU.

-- Eagle Student Handbook, page 19

Rule of thumb: If you have to ask yourself is something hazing, it is. Don’t do it.

*Keep in mind, each individual organization has policies against hazing that organizations must also adhere too as well. Whichever policy is stricter, follow that one.

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