August 28, 2013

Hazing is against the law in Massachusetts. Not only is it demeaning, but there have been well-publicized cases
of students severely injured or killed while undergoing hazing rituals at other colleges.
The term “hazing” should mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on
public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or
other person. Such conduct may include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the
weather, forced consumption (or deprivation) of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other
brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any
such student or other person or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including
extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.