Morgan County Schools
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5516 - STUDENT HAZING

The Board of Education believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and prohibits all such activities at any time in school facilities, on school property, and/or at school functions off school property. No administrator, faculty member, or other Board employee shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate any hazing activities. No student shall haze or conspire to engage in hazing of another person.

"Hazing" means to cause any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of another person or persons to destroy or remove public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any activity or organization, including both co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Pursuant to State Board policy 4373, hazing is listed as a level three offense and this conduct will be handled in accordance with Policy 5600 Student Discipline.

Administrators, faculty members, and other employees of the Board shall be alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent. Students, administrators, faculty members, and other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be held personally liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with law.

The Superintendent shall distribute this policy to all students and Board employees, and shall incorporate it into building, staff, and student handbooks. It shall also be the subject of discussion at employee staff meetings or staff development programs.

State Board policy 4373

Adopted 8/7/12

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