SHUTESBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAZING
It shall be the policy of the Shutesbury School Committee that hazing as defined below will not be tolerated. The School Committee expects administrators to follow legal procedures for reporting hazing incidences and make clear to students and staff that hazing in the school building, on school grounds, on the bus or school sanctioned transportation or at school sponsored functions will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion for students and termination for employees. The Principal will be responsible for investigating and processing all complaints of hazing.
CH. 269, S.17. CRIME OF HAZING; DEFINITION; PENALTY
Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
The term “hazing” is used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall 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 shall include whipping beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption 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. Not withstanding any other provisions of this section to be contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
CH. 269,S.18 DUTY TO REPORT HAZING
Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing, as defined in section seventeen, and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
CH. 269, S.19. HAZING STATUTES TO BE PROVIDED; STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE AND DISCIPLINE POLICY REQUIRED.
Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall issue to every group or organization under its authority or operating on or in conjunction with its campus or school, and to every member, plebe, pledge, or applicant for membership in such group or organization a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen. An officer of each such group or organization, and each individual receiving a copy of said sections seventeen and eighteen shall sign an acknowledgement stating that such group, organization or individual has received a copy of said sections seventeen and eighteen.
Each secondary school and each public or private school or college shall file, at least annually, a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary schools, the Board of Education, certifying that such institution has complied with the provisions of this section and also certifying that said school has adopted a disciplinary policy with regards to the organizers and participants of hazing. The Board of Regents and in the case of secondary schools, the Board of Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general and such institution which fails to make such a report.
First reading: 01/19/05
Second Reading, First Vote: 02/16/05
Final Vote: 03/16/05