FSLPolicies

Standards Policy

All organizations advised by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life are expected to abide by and uphold the laws and policies of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Harrisonburg, and James Madison University.  Additionally, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils have established a set of risk management standards that are based upon Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) policy.  Reviewed annually and affirmed by each council through a vote,  any member of the Fraternity & Sorority Life Community is eligible to sponsor an amendment to the Standards Policy.

Standards Policy

FIPG (Fraternal Information and Planning Group) Website.

Hazing
Introduction
James Madison University is an institution of higher education devoted to excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people of the Commonwealth and the nation.  The university is committed to developing students through academic and co-curricular activities.  Hazing is an unproductive and hazardous custom that is incongruous with this responsibility and has no place in college life, either on or off campus.  No individual student or recognized student organization may engage in or plan any activity or situation that may be defined as hazing.  In addition, no individual nor recognized organization my by physical or mental stress or by subtle or covert technique impair, make captive, or destroy an individual’s freedom of thought and choice.
As members of the JMU community, we have a legal and moral obligation to promote an atmosphere that is free of hazing – the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life contributes to this directive through a variety of policies, procedures, and programs.

From the Office of Judicial Affairs Student Handbook:
J17-100 “In keeping with JMU’s expectations for a positive academic environment, the university prohibits any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Hazing is defined as activities for the initiation or induction into an organization which include but are not limited to calisthenics or other strenuous physical activity; exposure to inclement weather; consumption of any food, liquid, beverage, drug, or other substance; confinement in any room or compartment; spraying, painting, or pelting with any substance; burying in any substance; burning, branding, or tattooing; or any other activity which may result in physical injury or endanger the health or life of the individual being hazed, regardless of implied or expressed consent of the victim(s).

J17-101 Section 18.2-56 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, declares hazing illegal, establishes conditions for civil and criminal liability, and outlines the duties of the university when a student has been found guilty of hazing.”

From the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Standards Policy:
Article IV:  Hazing
Section I.  No chapter, colony, student, or alumnus shall permit, tolerate, encourage, or participate in hazing activities.
Section II.  Hazing activities are defined as:
“Any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Hazing is defined as on or off-campus activities for the initiation or induction into an organization which include but are not limited to calisthenics or other strenuous physical activity; exposure to inclement weather; consumption of any food, liquid, beverage, drug, or other substance; confinement in any room or compartment; spraying, painting, or pelting with any substance; burying in any substance; burning, branding, or tattooing; or any other activity which may result in physical injury or endanger the health or life of the individual being hazed, regardless of implied or expressed consent of the victim(s).”

Reporting Hazing
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life takes all hazing allegations seriously.  We will follow-up and investigate hazing allegations to the fullest extent of our capabilities and the law.  There are several options to report hazing:
– If you feel that an individual is in immediate danger, please contact the James Madison University Police Department by calling (540) 568-6911.
– Contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life by calling (540) 568-4195, submitting an email to fsl@jmu.edu, or filling out our Hazing Reporting Form.
– Contact the Office of Judicial Affairs by calling (540) 568-6218.

Additional Policies
For council-specific policies, including constitutions and Judicial Policies, please visit that council’s website.