Hazing is Against the Law & Our
Student Code of Conduct

New York State Penal Law, Chapter 716, Section 1 (effective November 1, 1988)

120.16: Hazing in the first degree

A  person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of  another  person's  initiation into or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury.

Hazing in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor.

120.17: Hazing in the second degree

A person is guilty of hazing in the second degree when, in the course of another person's initiation or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct  which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person.

Hazing in the second degree is a violation.

Student Code of Conduct

Hazing is defined as any reckless or intentional conduct in connection with the initiation into or affiliation with any organization which degrades, humiliates or endangers the mental or physical health of any person, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate, or which damages, destroys or removes any public or private property.

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