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

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.

Confidential Reporting

All hazing reports are confidential and may also be reported anonymously through www.drury.edu/informationreport.

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.

HAZING: 1st Violation

  • 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
  • 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

HAZING: 2nd Violation

  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation from the University for a minimum of one semester.

HAZING: Organization or Group Violation

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

  • Compliance program: Groups 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 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.