Policy Handbook

Hazing Policy Statement

Dean of Students

HAZING POLICY STATEMENT

The Juniata College Athletic Department supports only those activities which constructively enhance the academic, social, spiritual, and athletic experience of its student-athletes, and which contribute to the personal growth of those student-athletes.  Therefore, the Athletic Department views hazing of any type whether committed or arranged by athletic teams (or members of an athletic team) as an unacceptable practice at our institution.

Furthermore, the Juniata College Athletic Department recognizes and supports the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Anti-Hazing Law, Act 175 of 1986.  This law defines hazing as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education.  The term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the emotional or physical health and safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property.  For purposes of this definition, any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be “forced” activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.” 


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