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Hazing Policy

New York state law and Nazareth College policies forbid hazing, and any violations will be reviewed by the student conduct office. Behavior prohibited under this law includes actions threatening substantial risk of physical or mental injury; actions exposing the individual to distressing, repulsive, or alarming situations or sensations; forced consumption of liquor or drugs; actions insulting or embarrassing another individual; and actions in the form of social pressure which might cause harm to an individual, regardless of their willingness to participate.

Generally, New York state law provides that (1) a person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of another person's initiation into or affiliation with any organization, s/he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury, and (2) a person is guilty of hazing in the second degree when, in the course of another person's initiation or affiliation with any organization, s/he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person.

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