While hazing is many times justified as a means to build unity or for new members to "earn" their way into an organization, it is actually an act of power and control. Lycoming College is committed ensuring that hazing is not part of the fraternal experience and dedicated to pursuing efforts to prevent hazing in all forms.The following paragraphs regarding hazing are from the Student Handbook.
Introduction and Philosophy
Lycoming College is committed to promoting a campus environment that is just, open, disciplined, and caring. This philosophy supports the educational mission of the institution and our standards for co-curricular programs that facilitate students' development. Lycoming College is opposed to any activity that involves the hazing of any member of the college community.
Definition of Hazing
Hazing is defined as: any action taken or situation created as part of initiation to or continued membership in a student group or organization, which 1) produces or has the potential to produce mental or physical discomfort, harm, or stress; embarrassment; harassment; or ridicule; or 2) which violate College policy, fraternity/sorority policy, or law. This applies to behavior on or off College or organization premises. (Hazing does not include actions or situations that are incidental to officially-sanctioned and supervised College activities.)