The online Student Handbook is produced as a resource for the
students, faculty, staff, and administration of Dickinson College. Content
is subject to change. Please contact the appropriate person or office to obtain
the most current information.
Hazing is a violation of College policy and a
criminal offense in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
College is committed to preserving the individual dignity and well-being of
each and every member of the campus community, and supports students' desire to
build community through groups and associations. These associations can offer
powerful opportunities for student engagement and learning. The college also
acknowledges the need for belonging that students often feel and values the
contributions that student groups make toward fulfilling that need.
Within every group there exist
organizational structures (e.g. hierarchies, practices) that define the relationships
among its members. These structures can be:
formal and/or informal
explicit and/or implied
planned and/or spontaneous
are encouraged to consider these structures and relationships, as understanding
them is critical to positive group development and the prevention of hazing.
Groups are cautioned that within any of those structures, any activity which
serves to reinforce, or has the effect of reinforcing dominant-subordinate
relationships among group members must be approached with great care and
guidance. This is particularly true when a group affiliates new members.
College defines hazing as any act that, as
an explicit or implied condition for initiation to, admission into, affiliation
with, acceptance in, or continued membership in a group or organization, could
be seen by a reasonable person as endangering the physical well-being of an
individual, as causing mental distress to an individual, or as being disruptive
to the campus community, regardless of the individual's willingness to
participate. Such activities may include but are not limited to: the use of
alcohol or other intoxicating substances; physical abuse in any form; sexual
abuse or simulated sexual abuse; sexual harassment; the creation of excessive
fatigue; physical and psychological shocks or intimidation; quests, treasure
hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities; public wearing
of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in
public stunts and buffoonery; degrading or humiliating games and activities;
and any other activities which violate college policy.
The college recognizes a continuum of group
development activities. At one end of the continuum are positive group
development activities that do not constitute hazing because they stand the
test of transparency, foster a sense of group unity and do not compromise the
well-being of any individual participants. At the other end are behaviors that
are clearly hazing because they are dangerous, abusive and/or disruptive, and
involve only subordinate members of the group. In between are activities that
could be seen by groups as benign, but are considered hazing because they serve
no legitimate group-related purpose, could be considered disruptive to the
academic community or when occurring in the context of individuals' personal
history have the potential to cause physical, mental or emotional harm.
In the event that the college must intervene in a
situation involving hazing, the dean of students will determine the nature of
the intervention by where along this continuum the behavior falls. The primary purpose of any
intervention is to ensure that the hazing ends, and that those who participate
in hazing are appropriately accountable to the Dickinson community. Toward that
end, individuals associated with the group (e.g. organizational executives) may
be held personally accountable along with the group. The college also reserves
the right to engage other authorities as appropriate (e.g. law enforcement
agencies, Greek national offices, etc.)
consequences for hazing for groups and/or individuals include but are not
Mandated educational programs for members &/or others
Student status and/or housing restrictions
are also reminded that hazing is a violation of Pennsylvania law. The text of
the law is available in the Dean of Students office and online.