South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies

5516 - HAZING

Hazing is defined as doing any act of coercing another, including the victim, to do or initiate any act to any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.

Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and will be prohibited at all times. No administrator, faculty member or other employee of the South-Western City School District shall encourage, permit, condone, authorize, or tolerate any hazing activities. No student, including leaders of student organizations, may plan, encourage or engage in any hazing.

Administrators, faculty members and all other District employees will be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, involved students will be informed by the discovering school employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and will be required to end all hazing activities immediately. All hazing incidents will be reported immediately to the Superintendent/designee.

Administrators, faculty members, students and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with Ohio law.

Written copies of this policy will be distributed annually to all District students and employees.

R.C. 2307.44, 2903.31, 3313.661

Adopted 10/8/90
Revised 6/12/06