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Dean of Student Affairs: Travis Imel
Contact: Jennifer Little
Ely Center 102(202) 250-2385 (videophone)(202) 651-5064 (voice)(202) 651-5572 (fax)
Gallaudet University recognizes that student organizations, clubs,
athletics, fraternities, and sororities are an integral part of the
University. They contribute to the academic and social experience of the
students and the University community. This relationship carries with it
certain rights of the University to protect and preserve an appropriate
environment in which all students and organizations may operate. We expect
all students to follow the Student Code of Conduct. Any form of hazing or
bullying will not be tolerated at any time. Violations of these standards
as defined in the Student Code of Conduct, the national fraternity/sorority
documents, and regulations of the District of Columbia may subject any
individual(s) or group(s) to disciplinary action.
Hazing is a fundamental violation of human dignity and is strictly
prohibited. The following hazing policy applies to all student
organizations and students of Gallaudet University.
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation with or without consent,
whether on or off University premises, which recklessly, intentionally or
unintentionally, endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a
student, or creates risk of injury, or serious emotional distress, or
causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or which
willfully destroys or removes public or private property, or violates any
Federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations, or University policy, or
causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be in
violation of law or University policy. In most instances, it concerns
actions taken or situations with or without consent for the purpose of
initiation, promotion, fostering, or confirming any form of admission into
or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a
student group or organization. The expressed or implied consent of the
victim will not be a defense to any action brought pursuant to this policy.
Activities and situations which are explicitly prohibited include, but are
not limited to, the following:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that supports the
educational mission and function of the University, as well as to comply
with all federal, state, and local laws. Students have a responsibility to
familiarize themselves with the hazing policy and will be held responsible
for compliance with them. Members and prospective members of a student
organization expected to report any observed hazing incident or improper
activity, and fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities and/or
University officials in the investigation of hazing and other illegal
A representative officer, preferably the president or chairperson, and the
faculty/staff advisor of each organization are responsible for informing
members (pledges, associate members, members, alumni members, and
affiliated guests) of the foregoing policy.
The policy is to be read by the president or chairperson to the
membership at the first meeting of the organization each semester
and must be posted in a prominent place for members to see
. The policy is to be distributed at all rush parties and shared also with
each individual before any pledging or membership occurs. Prospective
members are to be advised that hazing is not a requirement for membership,
nor is it tolerated.
Any person (national or regional officer, chapter advisor or alumnus,
pledge, associate member, member, affiliate, guest, University
staff/faculty member, student) who suffers, witnesses, or has knowledge of
an action in violation of this policy is required to report the incident
immediately to the Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Student Engagement
and Leadership, the Director of Student Accountability and Restorative
Programs, and/or the Coordinator of Student Accountability. The negligence
or the expressed or implied consent of the student/participant or any
assumption of risk by the student/participant is not a defense to an action
brought pursuant to this policy.
If there is a violation of the hazing policy, the Coordinator of Student
Accountability will implement the appropriate University disciplinary
procedures. This does not preclude additional action taken by the
organization itself, the national/international headquarters of the
organization, by the District of Columbia, or the Federal courts.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Student Accountability and
Restorative Practices or their designee may suspend or restrict a student
organization for an interim period pending disciplinary procedures when
there is a reasonable cause to believe the continued activities of the
organization and its members may pose an immediate threat to or interrupt
the normal functions of the University community. During the interim
suspension or restriction period, the organization may be required to cease
all organizational activities and its access to University space may be
denied. The organization may be asked to vacate any assigned University
space immediately upon written notice from the Dean of Student Affairs,
Director of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices or his/her
Hazing charges against individuals will be investigated and adjudicated in
accordance with the wide range of sanctions in the Student Code of Conduct;
if found responsible for violations of the hazing policy, the organization
itself may be subject to suspension or dissolution.
The Greek Presidents Council will be briefed about charges pending against
a Greek organization, while the Student Body Government will be advised of
charges pending against a non-Greek organization only if an interim
suspension is imposed against an organization pending a hearing. The Greek
Presidents Council or the Student Body Government will receive information
regarding penalties, if any, that are imposed against an organization in
order to ensure compliance with the decision. The Coordinator of Student
Accountability may choose not to provide this information in extremely
All student organizations must file a Hazing Compliance Form with the
Student Engagement and Leadership Office during the first two weeks of each
academic year and within 15 days after the election or appointment of new
officers, to certify compliance with the Hazing Policy. All officers and
members as well as the advisor of the organization will be required to sign
a form certifying that they have received, read, and will abide by the
Hazing Policy of Gallaudet University. Any organization that does not file
the Hazing Compliance Form with all member signatures will be denied
registration as an organization and lose all of its privileges and rights
as an organization until the form is filed.
Any person or organization in need of clarification of this policy should
consult with the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Student
Accountability and Restorative Practices, the Director of Student
Engagement and Leadership, or the Coordinator of Student Accountability.
EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 1, 2015UPDATED: AUGUST 8, 2021
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