Greek Life: Hazing

What is Hazing?

College is in full swing. Many fraternities and sororities have their recruitment during the fall. Many new members or pledges of these fraternities and sororities will never see hazing, however, there are always a few cases where hazing takes place. 49th Street Bail Bonds wants you to know about hazing and what it entails.

Definition of hazing

According to the Florida Statues 1006.63, hazing is “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. Hazing includes but is not limited to pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student.”

Hazing is seen more in fraternities than in sororities. In May of this year, eight members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University were charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault after one of their pledges died. The pledge died because he drank massive amounts of alcohol and then kept falling down a flight of stairs. His injuries, an irreversible spleen injury and brain stem damage, resulted in his death.

Hazing in Sports and Extracurricular

Hazing also occurs with sport teams and bands. In March 2016, five football players at Wheaton College in Illinois allegedly assaulted another student. These players are facing felony charges for assault. A Florida A & M student, Mr. Dante Martin, was convicted in a hazing incident that resulted in the death of Robert Champion, a drum major for the school. This incident occurred in 2011.

Hazing can result in numerous charges depending on the incident and the results of hazing. Penalties for the charges can include fines, jail time, probation, and expulsion from the school.

About 49th Street Bail Bonds

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