Policies and Laws

UNCW Hazing Policy

Engages in hazing. Hazing by university groups is prohibited on or off campus (see State Law IV). Hazing is defined as a covert or overt action, occurring on or off campus, by an individual or group of individuals in connection to recruitment, initiation, rite of passage, or memership in a fraternity, sorority, UNCW sport club, group, organization or athletic team; that subjects any other member of the university community, voluntarily or involuntarily, to activity which creates an atmosphere for potential or actual humiliation, degradation, verbal, emotional or physical distress, abuse or injury; or compromises the academic mission and/or reputation of the University of North Carolina Wilmington

North Carolina State Hazing Law

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL STATUTE 14-35.
HAZING; DEFINITION AND PUNISHMENT
It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: “to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiations, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group.” Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. (Effective December 1, 2003).

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL STATUTE 14-38
WITNESSES IN HAZING TRIALS; NO INDICTMENT TO BE FOUNDED ON SELF-CRIMINATING TESTIMONY
In all trials for the offense of hazing any student or other person subpoenaed as a witness in behalf of the State shall be required to testify if called upon to do so: Provided, however, that no student or other person so testifying shall be amenable or subject to indictment on account of, or by reason of, such testimony. (1913, c. 169, s. 8; C.S. s. 4220.)

Many of the rites of passage, those rituals of growing up found in our society[,] are in the form of such comic, practical joking affairs which we  ignore in the belief that they possess no deeper significance. Yet it is precisely in their being regarded as unimportant that they take on importance. For in them we ritualize and dramatize attitudes which contradict and often embarrass the sacred values which we proclaim through our solemn ceremonies and rituals of nationhood met.
- Ralph Ellison


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