Procedure 2627

Hazing Prevention - A.R.S. §15-2301


NPC seeks to promote an encouraging learning environment. Hazing is antithetical to that goal. Hazing by organizations, groups or individuals will not be tolerated at NPC. All students, teachers and staff shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of the Hazing Prevention Procedure, including reporting incidents of hazing when they occur.

I. Definitions
  1. "Hazing" means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:
    1. The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution.
    2. The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.
    A partial list of examples of hazing includes: paddling in any form, physical or psychological shocks, late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities, advocating or promoting alcohol or substance abuse, tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances or activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which by its nature may have a potential to cause mental distress, panic, human degradation or embarrassment.
  2. "Organization" means an athletic team, association, order, society, corps, cooperative, club or other similar group that is affiliated with an educational institution and whose membership consists primarily of students enrolled at that educational institution.
  3. "Student" means, for purposes of this procedure, any person who is enrolled at NPC, any person who has been accepted for enrollment at NPC or any person who intends to enroll at NPC within the next twelve (12) calendar months. A person who meets the definition of a student for purposes of this paragraph shall continue to be defined as a student for purposes of this procedure until the person graduates, transfers, or withdraws from NPC.
II. Prohibited Conduct
  1. Hazing is prohibited at NPC.
  2. Any solicitation to engage in hazing is prohibited.
  3. Aiding and abetting another person who is engaged in hazing is prohibited.
  4. It is not a defense to a violation of the hazing prevention policy if the hazing victim consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity.
  5. All students, teachers and staff shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of the hazing prevention policy.
III. Complaints and Reports
  1. Duty to Report.
    Any employee or student who witnesses, becomes aware of, or is the victim of hazing shall immediately report the incident to the Dean of Student Services. If the Dean of Student Services is unavailable or a report to the Dean would involve a conflict of interest, the employee or student shall report the hazing to the President. The report or complaint shall be in writing if an employee is making it and shall be requested to be in writing if a student is making the complaint or report. If the student declines to make the report or complaint in writing, the NPC employee who takes the report or complaint shall reduce it to writing.
  2. Investigation.
    All reports or complaints of hazing shall be investigated by the Dean of Student Services or by an investigator appointed by the President if the Dean of Student Services is unavailable for any reason. All complaints or reports of hazing shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated. To the extent possible, a hazing complaint will be treated as confidential; however, the College has a responsibility to all employees and students to investigate hazing charges, which may include interviewing the offenders and any possible witnesses. Following the investigation, the Dean of Student Services shall take or recommend appropriate action on all violations of this procedure against hazing and shall file a written report of the investigation to the President including an indication of any corrective action that will be taken. Corrective action may include making recommendations for employee discipline to the President, including, but not exclusively, institution of Due Process, Procedure 2755, or commencement of a student disciplinary proceeding under Procedure 2625. Any decision not to take action shall be communicated to any complainant. An aggrieved complainant may appeal the decision through the student or employee grievance procedures.
  3. Sanctions.
    Violations of this procedure shall be considered a grave violation of the Student Conduct Code and Procedure 2625 and will subject a student to discipline up to and including dismissal. Any employee violation of this Procedure shall be considered cause for discipline up to and including dismissal. In addition to these consequences, an Organization as defined in this Procedure may be disciplined by suspension of its permission to conduct operations at NPC if the organization knowingly permitted, authorized or condoned the hazing activity. Other sanctions against an Organization may include:
    1. loss of campus privileges for the student organization
    2. restitution for damages that may have resulted from the incident
    3. a statement of warning
    4. a probationary period.
    Reinstatement of the Organization may be conditioned on compliance with any of the foregoing or any other reasonable conditions imposed by NPC. An Organization shall be afforded a pre-suspension hearing before the President or his designee to afford it an opportunity to rebut the allegations against it. Any substantiated hazing activity that involves a violation of criminal law by any person shall be reported to local law enforcement personnel.
IV. Intention

This Procedure is not intended to prohibit:

  1. Customary athletic events, contests or competitions that are sponsored by an educational institution.
  2. Any activity or conduct that furthers the goals of a legitimate educational curriculum, a legitimate extracurricular program or a legitimate military training program.

[Based on Policy #1541 and A.R.S. §15-2301, revised 8/13/03]