Student Organizations Hazing Policy
San Jose State University seeks to promote the creation of a safe and inclusive campus community. Students’ participation in activities and organizations should be able to participate without compromising their safety, health and personal well-being. Hazing in every form, or conspiracy to haze is prohibited. San José State University takes a zero-tolerance approach to hazing.
For the non-exhaustive list please visit the Registered Student Organizations Code of Conduct [pdf] and find (14) A-O.
Examples of Hazing
Abducting members and transporting them on/off campus.
Forcing/requiring members to complete calisthenics or rigorous exercises.
Forced consumption of any substance including food, drugs, alcohol, water, or any beverage; or any items individually or in combination…
Marching in a single file line, intimidation, forced nudity or sexual acts, etc….
How to Intervene
How to intervene if you find yourself in a situation where you or someone you know may be experiencing hazing behavior? Follow the 5D’s of bystander intervention!
Distract- interrupt the situation without directly confronting the offender by causing a distraction(s).
Delegate- Seek help from someone else, often this will be someone you trust or a campus authority. (police department, advisor, counselor, student involvement, student conduct, a close friend)
Document- making a note of a situation, taking video, or even photographs can help university staff in assessing an incident.
Delay – Check in with the person who was being harassed or hazed after the incident.
Direct- Directly intervene, in the moment, to prevent a problem or situation from happening.
Frequently Asked Questions
If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it isn’t considered hazing, is it?
In states that have laws against hazing, consent of the victim cannot be used as a defense in a civil suit. This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action, it may not be true consent when considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group.
*In the state of California, consent cannot be used as a defense for hazing.
Hazing is such a gray area. How can you determine whether or not a certain activity is hazing?
It may seem difficult at first, but with a little bit of quick questioning you can decide if a situation is hazing or not. If there is the potential someone experienced physical or mental harm, harassment, or degradation, the activity is more than likely hazing.
How to Report
If you or anyone else ever witnessed, participated in, or feels hazed, please report it. The university will investigate all reports of hazing behavior.
The following are ways to report hazing at SJSU:
Student Organization Reporting Form
Office of Student Involvement
Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development
University Police Department
Call: 408-924-2222, If this is an emergency call 911
Stop Hazing- https://stophazing.org/issue/
Student Code of Conduct- https://www.sjsu.edu/getinvolved/docs/SJSU-SI-RSO-Policy-Code-of-Conduct.pdf [pdf]
RSO Handbook- Student Involvment
I Hollaback- https://www.ihollaback.org/bystander-resources/
*Please note that the sections titled how to intervene, frequently asked questions, and additional resources are solely for the convenience of the reader. These sections are not a part of official university policy. For the official policy please see SJSU Student Code of Conduct and the Registered Student Organization Handbook.