All forms of hazing such as any action taken or situation created, recklessly or
intentionally, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or possibly cause mental or physical harm or injury to any person on or off the University campus, participant’s consent is notwithstanding (i.e. it is not a defense to a charge of hazing that the individual being hazed allowed themselves to be hazed). Hazing is a broad term that encompasses a multitude of actions or activities. The term hazing refers to any actions or activities that do not contribute to the positive development of a person or an organization; which cause mental or physical harm; or which subject individuals to harassment, embarrassment, ridicule, or distress. Examples of situations that are considered hazing include but are not limited to tests of endurance, physical abuse, psychological abuse, morally degrading or humiliating activities, forced ingestion of any substance, activities which interfere with academic pursuits, paddling in any form, use of alcohol and servitude. Hazing is typically associated with membership selection and initiation into an organization. It is possible for hazing to occur before, during, and after membership selection and initiation;
Registered Student Organization Hazing Prevention Training
Each academic year, all members and new members of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) with new members (as defined in Virginia Law 23.1-819) must attend a hazing prevention workshop hosted by George Mason University. RSO advisors must attend a hazing prevention workshop hosted by George Mason University every two years. Failure to comply these requirements may result in the organization losing university registration status and referral to the Office of Student Conduct.
The Office of Student Conduct website provides information on the University’s Medical Amnesty program for drug and alcohol incidents that require medical attention. The program encourages students to seek help for another person experiencing a medical emergency. As a result of seeking help, the Office of Student Conduct may choose to not pursue formal disciplinary action with an intoxicated student and those who are providing assistance. Please see the Office of Student Conduct website for more information.
The Office of Student Conduct will grant immunity from disciplinary action based on hazing or personal consumption of drugs or alcohol to students who make a good faith report of an act of hazing report when the student is a bystander not involved in such acts and the report is made in advance of or during an incident of hazing that causes injury or is likely to cause injury to a