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 Student Activities and Involvement and Leadership 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.”
The Office of Student Activities and Involvement and Leadership 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 Student Activities and Involvement and Leadership by calling (540) 568-8157, submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling out our Anonymous Hazing Reporting Form.
- Contact the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices by calling (540) 568-6218.