Abusive Affiliation (Hazing)

All acts of abusive affiliation by any individual student or college registered student club or organization and any of its members or alumni are prohibited. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect, and no individual may perform an act that is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any other person within the college community. Accordingly, any such behavior is expressly forbidden as abusive affiliation when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity.

Any student or organization found to be involved in any abusive affiliation activity will face conduct action and will likely be subjected to expulsion from the college. Violation of this policy exists irrespective of the perceived voluntary or consensual participation in the abusive affiliation activity by the person being abused. 

State of Iowa Statutes on Hazing

  1. A person commits an act of hazing when the person intentionally or recklessly engages in any act or acts involving forced activity which endanger the physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any organization operating in connection with a school, college, or university. Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, forced confinement, or any other forced activity which endangers the physical health or safety of the student.
  2. For purposes of this section, “forced activity” means any activity which is a condition of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with an organization, regardless of a student’s willingness to participate in the activity.