NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the mission of The Norwich Free Academy and are prohibited.
Hazing is defined as an activity which endangers the mental or physical health of a student for the purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization, group, or for any other purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to:
• Any type of physical contact such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, or placing a harmful substance on or in the body.
• Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to a risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
• Any activity involving the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco product, or any other food, liquid, or substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
• Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to stress, embarrassment, shame, or humiliation that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from remaining in school.
• Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves violation of local, state or federal law or violation of school policy or violation of any part of the Pilot, The Norwich Free Academy Student Handbook.
No student, volunteer, or employee of The Norwich Free Academy shall plan, direct, encourage, aid, permit, condone, tolerate, or engage in hazing. Apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not negate or otherwise lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy. Any hazing activity upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization, group, or for any other purpose, directly or indirectly, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity. No curricular activity, extra-curricular activity, athletic team, student organization or any other person(s) associated with any organization sanctioned by The Norwich Free Academy shall plan, direct, encourage, aid, permit, condone, tolerate, or engage in hazing.
The Norwich Free Academy will act to investigate all complaints of hazing and will discipline or otherwise take the appropriate action against any student or employee of the school who is found to have violated this policy. The Board of Trustees encourages victims or witnesses of hazing to report such claims promptly to Campus Safety, The Shattuck House Principal, or the Director of Student Services. Complaints should be in written form and shall be investigated promptly and corrective action taken when allegations are verified. The Board of Trustees shall annually distribute this policy to staff and students.
Any employee of The Norwich Free Academy who engages in an act that violates this policy or law, directly or indirectly, shall be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Volunteers shall be subject to removal. Referrals may also be made to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Hazing activities are seriously disruptive of the educational process in that they involve students and violence and threats of violence. This policy applies to behavior that occurs on or off school property and during and/or after school hours. Students involved in hazing activities may be subject to exclusion and discipline, up to and including suspension and a formal expulsion. Referrals may also be made to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
The Norwich Free Academy will discipline or otherwise take the appropriate action against any student or school employee who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing or against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing related to such hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.
Policy Adopted: January 16, 2001
Policy Revised: April 22, 2008