Hazing Policy

Drury University's hazing policy, definition, sanctions, and educational programs

Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the use of hazing by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

Hazing is any action taken or situation created, intentionally, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities; the wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, policy and regulations of Drury University, or applicable state and national law.
The use of hazing by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

Missouri law classifies Hazing as a Class A misdemeanor, unless the act creates a substantial risk to the life of the student or prospective member, in which case it is a Class D Felony. As of January 1, 2017, under state law, consent is not a defense. The full Missouri statue regarding hazing can be found at the following linkMissouri law classifies Hazing as a Class A misdemeanor

Hazing Examples

Some examples of hazing may include, but are not limited to:

  • SUBTLE HAZING: Behaviors that emphasize or accentuate a power imbalance between students or groups in a negative manner. Examples may include: deception, assigning demerits, silence periods with implied repercussions, deprivation of privileges, requiring students to perform duties not assigned to other students, socially isolating students, random tests of information; name calling, requiring students to refer to other students with titles while they are identified with demeaning names, expecting certain items to always be in a student’s possession.
  • HARASSMENT HAZING: Behaviors that confuse, frustrate, and/or cause undue stress to some members are considered harassment hazing. Examples may include: verbal abuse, threats or implied threats, line-ups, asking students to wear humiliating attire, stunt or skit events with degrading, crude or humiliating acts, personal servitude for existing students and sleep deprivation.
  • VIOLENT HAZING: Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional harm. Examples may include: forced or coerced alcohol, drug or food consumption, beating, paddling or other physical acts, branding, forced or coerced ingestion of substances, water intoxication, expecting illegal activity, abductions and kidnapping.

Reporting Hazing Incidents

Employees’ Duty to Report

All University employees have a duty to report hazing to a university administrator or staff member when they receive a report of such conduct, witness such conduct, or otherwise obtain information about such conduct. This includes employees who may have a professional license requiring confidentiality if they are not employed by the University in that professional role. Reports should be made by employees as soon as is reasonably possible after such information is obtained. An employee not reporting hazing incidents, or not reporting in a timely manner, as required by this policy may be disciplined accordingly, up to and including termination.

Students and Other Persons

Students and any other persons who wish to report a hazing incident should contact the appropriate university administrator or staff member. Students should be aware that all employees at the University have an obligation to report hazing incidents that they become aware of or witness.

Confidential Reporting

An anonymous report can be made at: www.drury.edu/informationreport.
Employees cannot fulfill their reporting obligation by using this anonymous mechanism.

The following persons have been designated to receive reports of hazing incidents on the Drury campus:

Tijuana Julian
Executive Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students
Drury University
900 N. Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center—Room 201
Springfield, MO, 65802
(417) 873-7215
tjulian@drury.edu

Mark Fisher
Vice President for Athletics/Athletic Director
900 N. Benton Avenue
O’Reilly Family Event Center—Room 106
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7294
mfisher005@drury.edu

Andrew Goodall
Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct
900 N. Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center—Room 110
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-6871
agoodall@drury.edu

Rob Neiss
Director of Greek Life and Student Activities
900 N. Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center—Room 124
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-3061
rneiss@drury.edu

Retaliation

It is a violation of this policy to retaliate against any member of the University Community who reports or assists in making a complaint of sexual misconduct or who participates in the investigation of a complaint in any way. Persons who believe they have been retaliated against in violation of this policy should make a complaint in the manner set forth in this section.

Amnesty

The University recognizes that an individual who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs may be hesitant to report hazing incidents. To encourage reporting, the University will not take disciplinary action for drug or alcohol use against an individual reporting sexual misconduct, either as the complainant or as a witness, provided that these conduct violations did not and do not place the health or safety of any other person at risk. The University may, however, require the reporting individual to attend a course or pursue other educational interventions related to alcohol and drugs.

The University’s commitment to amnesty in these situations does not prevent action by police or other legal authorities against an individual who has illegally consumed alcohol or drugs.

Bad Faith Complaints

While the University encourages all good faith complaints of hazing, the University has the responsibility to balance the rights of all parties. Therefore, if the University’s investigation reveals that a complaint was knowingly false, the complaint will be dismissed and the person who filed the knowingly false complaint may be subject to discipline.

Hazing Policy Violation Sanctions

For certain violations, standard sanctions are already in place. The following sanctions are standard for any hazing violation. Drury University reserves the right to modify or change any standard sanction dependent upon the severity and nature of the violation.

Subtle Hazing

  • Community Service: A minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • Counseling: Referral to Director of Counseling Services
  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Education: Required participation in Bystander Intervention Training
  • Loss of participation and privileges in campus organizations
  • Campus Housing: Released from on-campus housing with no refund for the entire semester
  • Parent Notification: Formal parent notification as allowed by FERPA

Harassment Hazing

  • Community Service: A minimum of 40 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $200 fine assessed to student account
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation from the University for a minimum of one semester

Violent Hazing

  • Fine: A minimum $500 fine assessed to student account
  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation form the University for a minimum of two semesters to permanent disciplinary expulsion from the university.

Hazing: Organization, Group, or Team Violation

When a student group, organization, or team is found in violation of hazing, the sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Compliance program: Groups or teams are required to undergo a multi-session anti-hazing program. All costs associated with the program are the responsibility of the group. A minimum attendance level will be set ahead of time and must be satisfied to complete this sanction.
  • Social and campus probation: Groups would be prohibited from organizing socially or holding any campus events for a minimum of one semester.
  • Withdrawal of recognition: When a group or team has been found responsible for a major hazing incident (jeopardizing the health or well-being of any persons), the university may withdraw recognition of that group for a specified time.