Hazing Policy

Stockton University's Hazing Policy, as outlined in the Student Handbook, states the following:

Stockton University recognizes that student organizations are an integral part of the University. They provide an alternative lifestyle contributing to the academic and social experience of students. This relationship carries with it certain rights of the University to protect  and preserve an appropriate  environment in which student organizations may operate.

HAZING DEFINED: The following act was passed by the New Jersey Legislature in 1980 with regard to hazing and aggravated hazing under the New Jersey Criminal Codes:

A. A person is guilty of hazing, a disorderly persons offense, if, in connection with initiation of applicants to or members of a fraternal organization, he/she knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates or engages in any conduct other than competitive athletic events, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury.

B. A person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the fourth degree, if he/ she commits an act prohibited  in subsection “A” that results in serious bodily injury to another person.

C. Consent shall not  be available as a defense  to disciplinary action and/or prosecution for committing acts of hazing.

NEW  MEMBER  BILL OF RIGHTS:  A new member shall have the right to be free of all activities that may constitute hazing while attempting to become a member of a student organization. Student organizations and their members are prohibited from engaging in or encouraging others to engage in activities that are defined as hazing. (See also N.J.S.A. 18A:3-24 et seq.)