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Last Updated: Nov 13th, 2011 - 15:16:21 

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California State Hazing Laws
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Apr 20, 2004, 22:35 PST

If you or someone you know has trouble with hazing at their fraternity or sorority, there are actually laws to protect you. Many states have instituted Hazing Laws to stop fraternities and sororities from continuing this dangerous and degrading practice. Greek members that try to force hazing on new members face the loss of scholarships, loans, and even jail.

Below is a sample of State Hazing Laws from California:

California State Hazing Laws

As used in this article, "hazing" includes any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student or other person attending any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state; but the term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.

No student, or other person in attendance at any public, private, parochial, or military school, community college, college, or other educational institution, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution. The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50), nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more that one year, or both.

Any person who participates in the hazing of another, or any corporation or association which knowingly permits hazing to be conducted by its members or by others subject to its direction or control, shall forfeit any entitlement to state funds, scholarships or awards which are enjoyed by him, by her, or by it and shall be deprived of any sanction or approval granted by any public educational institution or agency. The governing board of any public school, public college, public university, or other public educational institution or agency shall adopt rules and regulations to implement this section. If the Attorney General or the district attorney of any county or city and county has reason to believe that forfeiture should be declared under this section, he or she may institute a special proceeding in the superior court to establish such forfeiture. Any funds so forfeited shall be deposited in the State Treasury and credited to the State School Fund. Notice of the existence of these provisions of law and implementing institutional regulations prohibiting hazing, together with the campus location where verbatim copies can be obtained, shall be published in all campus general catalogs. This section shall become operative January 1, 1988, and shall remain in effect only until January 1, 1994, and as of that date is repealed unless a later enacted statute, which is chaptered on or before January 1, 1994, extends or deletes that date.

Review the Hazing Laws in your state, and if you or someone you know has been victimized by hazing, please take action.

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