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Hazing and Other New Member Initiations

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Office/Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date of Policy:
August 17, 2022

Policy Narrative

Hazing has been defined under section 6450 of the Education Law as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the consumption of liquids, liquor, or drugs for the purpose of initiation into an affiliation with any organization. Other acts that are implied to be required for participating and/or involvement in a club or organization that may seem innocuous on the surface but are not optional, may also be considered hazing. Hazing is both a violation of the Penal Law and other laws of the State of New York. The University reaffirms its policy that it will not condone hazing of any kind. To this end, any student, faculty member, staff member, visitor, licensee, or invitee who engages in hazing may be removed from the Daemen campus and, where appropriate, shall be subject to a formal conduct review via the Student Code of Conduct and could face suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary action. Similarly, the University will rescind permission to operate on campus property and shall prohibit the use of the University’s name to any organization whose members (whether individually or in concert) engage in hazing. An organizational philosophy that supports the mission of the University and is evident in the responsible behaviors, class attendance and attentiveness, as well as positive and meaningful activities, is an excellent antidote to hazing.


Any community member who has been impacted by or has witnessed potential hazing should report the incident. In an emergency, dial 911. After the emergency is reported, call Campus Safety so they can support emergency responders for best care of the situation. Community members can contact the Office of Campus Safety at 716-839-SAFE (7233), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In a non-emergent situation, report any hazing concerns to Campus Safety.

In addition, concerns may be reported to the following areas: 

  • Campus Safety
    • 716-839-SAFE (7233)
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
    • 716-839-8519
  • Director of Community Standards & Student Advocacy
    • 716-839-8200

To contact the Amherst Police Department, call 716-689-1311 or, in an emergency, dial 911.

Purpose of Policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen University Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.

This policy’s virtual location ishttps://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-5-general-university-policies

Updated on April 3, 2023

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