Campus Hazing Policy

On November 28, 2017, the Washburn University Board of Regents adopted a new "Student Conduct Code" that includes a policy on hazing which applies to all registered student organizations.

The student conduct code policy states:

Alleged violations of federal, state and local laws may be investigated and addressed under the Student Conduct Code. When an offense occurs, over which Washburn University has jurisdiction, Washburn University’s conduct process will usually go forward notwithstanding any criminal complaint that may arise from the same incident.
Washburn University reserves the right to exercise its authority of interim suspension upon notification that a student is facing criminal investigation and/or complaint (additional grounds for interim suspension are outlined below, on p. 17-18). Interim suspensions are imposed until a hearing can be held, typically within two weeks. Within that time, the suspended student may request an immediate hearing from the Associate Vice President for Student Life to show cause why the interim suspension should be lifted. This hearing may resolve the allegation, or may be held to determine if the interim suspension should be continued. The interim suspension may be continued if a danger to the community is posed and Washburn University is delayed or prevented from conducting its own investigation and resolving the allegation. In such cases, the University will only delay its hearing until such time as it can conduct an internal investigation or obtain sufficient information independently or from law enforcement upon which to proceed.
A. Core Values and Behavioral Expectations Washburn students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the core values of the University as well as the principles of social justice and community. Washburn University considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as inappropriate and in opposition to the core values of the University as well as the principles of social justice and community. Washburn University encourages individuals to report to University officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit misconduct described under the following headings is subject to the sanctions outline in Section 7.
24. Hazing: Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that 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. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent and/or failing to discourage and/or failing to report those acts may also violate this policy.

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