(1) It is the policy of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University that any student(s), group(s) of students, or student organization(s) affiliated with the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University are prohibited from engaging in any form(s) of hazing activities.
(2) The term hazing shall include, but not be limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as striking in any manner, whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drugs, or other substances, or other forced physical activities that would adversely affect the 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 contacts, forced conduct that would be demeaning or results in extreme embarrassment or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective. For purposes of this section, any activity as described above, or 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 into or affiliation with a university sanctioned organization, shall be presumed to be hazing and a "forced" activity, the willingness or consent of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
(3) Penalties – Any student(s), student group(s), or student organization(s) which are affiliated with the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, on campus or off-campus, that are found responsible for hazing will be subject to appropriate sanctions by the university, which may include the imposition of fines; withholding of grade(s), transcripts and/or diplomas pending payment of fines or pending
(4) All penalties imposed by the University do not absolve the student(s), group(s) of students, or student organization(s) from any penalty imposed for violation of criminal laws of the State of Florida, including but not limited to such criminal penalties prescribed in s. 1006.63, Florida Statutes, for penalties imposed in civil proceedings or for violation of any other university Regulation(s) to which the violator(s) may be subject. It shall not be a defense that the consent of the victim to participate was obtained, the conduct or activity that resulted in the death or injury of the person was not part of an official university organizational event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the university organization or the conduct or activity that resulted in death or injury of the person was not done as a condition of membership to a university organization.
(5) All existing university sanctioned organizations are required to amend their existing by-laws to include an anti-hazing section, and all future university sanctioned organizations must include the same in their by-laws. A copy of the by-laws shall be kept on file in the Office of Student Activities. Advisors and each member of a university sanctioned organization must attend one Fall semester and one Spring semester hazing workshop each academic year.
(6) Any person, including trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, members of direct support organizations, vendors, guests and volunteers having knowledge of or receiving information regarding any activity which may constitute hazing or a violation of this regulation must contact the FAMU Department of Public Safety within twenty-four (24) hours at (850) 599-3256. Any person who fails to report any activity of hazing shall be in direct violation of this regulation.
(7) It shall be expressly prohibited for any person, including trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, members of direct support organizations, vendors, guests and volunteers, to retaliate against a person because that person has been a victim of hazing, reported hazing, refused to participate in hazing, assisted in the investigation of hazing, or participated in the prosecution of any alleged hazing.
(8) Any person who has experienced retaliation for reporting any activity, which may constitute hazing or a violation of this regulation, shall have the right to file a retaliation complaint with the Division of Audit and Compliance within twenty-four (24) hours of becoming aware of the act of retaliation at (866) 445-4968.
Specific Authority: Article IX, Section 7(c), Florida Constitution 001.74(4), FS. Law Implemented 1001.74(10)(d), (e), 1006.60, 1006.61, 1006.62, 1006.63 FS. History-New 4-3-83, Formerly Rule 6C3-2.028, Amended 1-26-04, 5-09-12.