The North Carolina General Statute (14-35) defines hazing as follows: “to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group.” A student convicted of engaging or abetting in the commission of such an offense may be subject to punishment by a fine of $1,000, imprisonment for a maximum period of between 30 and 60 days, or both such a fine and imprisonment. The institution may expel a student convicted under this statute regardless of and in addition to any criminal penalty imposed by the court. Organizations whose members are convicted of hazing should be mindful of possible administrative action against the organization by the University; the appropriate question in such situations would be whether the organization can and should be held responsible for the conduct of its members, with the possible consequence that sanctions would be taken against the organization, e.g., withdrawal of University recognition, banning from campus, etc.
Excerpt from the UNCP Risk Management Policy regarding hazing in social fraternities and sororities:
No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall condone hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined for purposes of this policy as:
“Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity/sorority premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution, or applicable state law.”