Hazing Policy

Hazing: Any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of an organization or team regardless of whether the person is new or not, or the person’s willingness to participate


College of Charleston Hazing Policy

Hazing activities are defined by the College of Charleston Student Handbook as:

“Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, which subjects a student to harassment, ridicule, intimidation, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy and/or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.”

The following is a NON- INCLUSIVE list of fraternity activities considered to be hazing.

  • Required consumption of alcohol.

  • Physical Abuse (i.e. calisthenics, paddle swats, pushing and tackling associate members pledges/associate members/new members/novices, etc.).

  • Verbal Abuse.

  • Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities

  • Quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house

  • Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery

  • Wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and/or not normally in good taste

  • Total or partial nudity at any time in which the new member is told, encouraged, or some form of the above to expose parts of themselves in public.

  • Extremely loud music or many repetitions of the same music played during pre-initiation week and/or between portions of the ritual.

  • Required consumption of foods not normally in the pledge’s/associate member’s/new member’s/novice’s diet (i.e. eating of raw onion, spoiled food, etc.).

  • Not permitting adequate time for studies during pre-initiation or initiation periods.

  • Expecting associate members pledges/associate members/new members/novicesto do anything of an unreasonable nature that the active members say.

  • Exposure to extreme climate changes.

  • Any activity not consistent with the policies of your (Inter)National Organization, the College and/or the Law.


South Carolina Law on Hazing

SECTION 16-3-510. Hazing unlawful; definitions. [SC ST SEC 16-3-510]


It is unlawful for a person to intentionally or recklessly engage in acts which have a foreseeable potential for causing physical harm to a person for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with a chartered or nonchartered student, fraternal, or sororal organization. Fraternity, sorority, or other organization for purposes of this section means those chartered and nonchartered fraternities, sororities, or other organizations operating in connection with a school, college, or university.

This section does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, or military training whether state, federal, or educational.



SECTION 16-3-520. Unlawful to assist in or fail to report hazing. [SC ST SEC 16-3-520]


It is unlawful for any person to knowingly permit or assist any person in committing acts made unlawful by § 16-3-510 or to fail to report promptly any information within his knowledge of acts made unlawful by § 16-3-510 to the chief executive officer of the appropriate school, college, or university.

SECTION 16-3-530. Penalties. [SC ST SEC 16-3-530]

Any person who violates the provisions of §§ 16-3-510 or 16-3-520 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed twelve months, or both.



SECTION 16-3-540. Consent not a defense. [SC ST SEC 16-3-540]


The implied or express consent of a person to acts which violate § 16-3-510 does not constitute a defense to violations of §§ 16-3-510 or 16-3-520



SECTION 59-101-200. Hazing prohibited; penalties. [SC ST SEC 59-101-200]


(A) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Student" means a person enrolled in a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning.

(2) "Superior student" means a student who has attended a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning longer than another student or who has an official position giving authority over another student.

(3) "Subordinate student" means a person who attends a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning who is not defined as a "superior student" in sub item (2).

(4) "Hazing" means the wrongful striking, laying open hand upon, threatening with violence, or offering to do bodily harm by a superior student to a subordinate student with intent to punish or injure the subordinate student, or other unauthorized treatment by the superior student of a subordinate student of a tyrannical, abusive, shameful, insulting, or humiliating nature.

(B) Hazing at all state supported universities, colleges, and public institutions of higher learning is prohibited. When an investigation has disclosed substantial evidence that a student has committed an act or acts of hazing, the student may be dismissed, expelled, suspended, or punished as the president considers appropriate.

(C) The provisions of this section are in addition to the provisions of Article 6, Chapter 3 of Title 16.

(D) The provisions of Section 30-4-40(a) (2) and 30-4-70(a)(1) continue to apply to hazing incident.