Catalogue 2015 - 2016

Hazing

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, Sections 17, 18, and 19, any form of "hazing" is considered to be a criminal offense punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. Furthermore, persons who witness or have knowledge of hazing incidents and fail to report them are also subject to similar penalties.

Each Western New England University student organization and athletic team, at the beginning of the academic year, and every student, at the time of registration, is provided with a copy of the Massachusetts General Laws concerning hazing. The officers of student clubs and organizations are required to sign a formal statement acknowledging receipt of such regulations and verifying their adherence to refrain from any harassment or activities which may serve to cause embarrassment to prospective members, initiates, or pledges. Any student organization found to be involved in such hazing or harassment of members or prospective members will have its recognition immediately withdrawn and be required to disband. Individual organizers and participants in hazing will be subject to strong disciplinary action, including immediate dismissal from the University.