JICFA – Hazing

This District does not permit or condone student hazing.  It is the policy of the District that no student organization, or any person associated with any organization sanctioned by the District shall engage or participate in hazing.

For the purposes of this policy, student hazing is defined as any act directed toward a student, or any coercion or intimidation of a student to act or to participate in or submit to any act, when:

  1. Such act is likely or would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely, to cause physical or psychological injury to any person; and
  2. Such act is a condition of initiation into, admission into, or continued membership or association with any District sanctioned organization.

“Student hazing” includes, but is not limited to, an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the physical or psychological health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, or affiliation with any organization sanctioned by the District..

Any student hazing activity shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity.

Students or employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion for students and employment termination for employees.  Depending on the nature of student hazing, it may also warrant an investigation under the District’s Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act Policy JICK, (Anti-bullying Policy) and/or the District’s anti-discrimination policies.

The Superintendent shall take reasonable measures within the scope of the District’s authority to prevent student hazing.  All hazing reported to the District, or which any District staff member has knowledge, of shall be promptly reported to law enforcement, as required by RSA 631:7, Student Hazing.

It is the policy of the District that no student or employee of the District shall participate in or be a member of any secret fraternity or secret organization that is directly related to a District school or to any District school activity.

A copy of this policy will be furnished to each student and teacher in the School District, including being printed in the student handbook.


Legal Reference:

RSA  631:7, Student Hazing

New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(7), Student Hazing

See also Policy JICK


First Read:  August 17, 2021

Second Read:  September 7, 2021

Adoption: September 7, 2021