New Jersey Hazing Law
§ 2C:40-3. Hazing; aggravated hazing
a. A person is guilty of hazing, a disorderly persons offense, if, in connection with initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal organization, he knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates or engages in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury.
b. A person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the fourth degree, if he commits an act prohibited in subsection a. which results in serious bodily injury to another person.
§ 18A:3-25. Pledge's Bill of Rights
The Attorney General shall develop a "Pledge's Bill of Rights" which outlines acceptable and unacceptable behavior and activities in regard to the pledge or rushing activities of college and university fraternities and sororities and other similar campus organizations. In developing the bill of rights, the Attorney General shall review the existing pledge and anti-hazing policies and procedures of public and independent institutions of higher education within the State and shall, as appropriate, incorporate those policies into the bill of rights. The Attorney General shall make the "Pledge's Bill of Rights" available to each institution of higher education within the State.
§ 18A:3-26. Information on hazing included
The bill of rights developed by the Attorney General pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.388 (C.18A:3-25) shall include information on the criminal penalties for hazing and aggravated hazing established pursuant to P.L.1980, c.169 (C.2C:40-3 et seq.).
New Jersey State Criminal Statute
A person is guilty of hazing, a crime of the fourth degree, if, in connection with initiation of applicants to, or members of a student organization, he/she knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates, or engages in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events under the direction of authorized personnel for the purposes associated with team or individual sports, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury or which may adversely affect another person’s mental health or dignity.
A person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the third degree, if he/she commits an act prohibited in subsection (a) which results in serious bodily injury to another person.
A person commits a disorderly persons offense if the person knowingly fails to report the planning of a specific hazing incident or knowingly fails to report that a specific hazing incident has occurred to appropriate officials within an educational institution.
Notwithstanding any other provision of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to a prosecution under this Act.
Conduct constituting an offense under this Act may, at the discretion of the prosecuting attorney, be prosecuted under any other applicable provision of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes.
New Jersey Institute of Technology - ANTI HAZING POLICY
While recognizing the positive aspects of the Greek system, fraternities and sororities are often plagued by incidents of hazing. Although hazing is against fraternity and sorority policy and is illegal in most states, including New Jersey, hazing incidents still occur. They should not, and are expected to cease if they are occurring.
University officials are often called upon to deal with incidents involving fraternities, sororities and other student organizations ranging from minor pranks and disorderly conduct to far more serious situations resulting in injury and, in some instances, potential death. Hence, NJIT has consistently established and mandated a University Anti-Hazing Policy.
Unequivocally, hazing is antiethical to the mission of New Jersey Institute of Technology, contrary to the academic and personal development of students, an affront to the student's dignity, and a violation of New Jersey criminal statute (N.J.S.2C:40-3 et seq.). In addition, hazing is in violation of the constitutions of the NJIT Inter Fraternity/Sorority Council and the Inter Greek Council.
New Jersey Institute of Technology believes that true brotherhood and sisterhood is nurtured in an atmosphere of educational, social and moral responsibility, respect for duly constituted authority, and loyalty to the principles of higher education. Therefore, it is imperative and expected that all activities and programs pertaining to the initiation and pre-initiation activities of Greek letter and other student organizations reinforce the belief in the preservation of human dignity. Any and all activities which compromise these premises have no rightful place on this campus.
New Jersey Institute of Technology joins with the Fraternity Executives Association, the National Inter-fraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference in defining hazing as:
Any action taken or situation created, intentionally or however communicated, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations may include, but are not limited to: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy, or the regulation and policies of the educational institution.
The consent of the victimized party does not constitute a defense against being prosecuted or sanctioned. The above definition of hazing should not be construed as an attempt to supersede or nullify any portion of the New Jersey State criminal code. Alleged acts of hazing will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for investigation and adjudication.
Your Responsibilities as New Member
The process of introducing new members to chapter membership should be conducted in a manner that respects your dignity as well as your mental and physical well-being. Acceptable activities promote scholarship and service, develop leadership and social skills, assist with career goals, involve students with alumni/ae, improve relations with others, build awareness of the fraternity & sorority history, instill a sense of brotherhood & sisterhood, foster solidarity with initiated members, and promote the mission of New Jersey Institute of Technology.
As a potential or a new member of a University fraternity or sorority, you assume significant responsibility. Through your fraternity or sorority membership you become a member of the larger fraternal community. Social and service fraternities and sororities that have been extended the privilege of forming at the University are expected to:
Conduct chapter activities with pride and integrity;
Accept collective responsibility for the behavior of members;
Respect members of the campus community who are not fraternity and sorority affiliated;
Respect other chapters, their members and their property;
Create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic achievement;
Provide programs in scholarship, human relations (e.g. multicultural awareness, sexism), leadership development and other areas critical to member development;
Contribute to campus life by sponsoring or co-sponsoring public service and/or campus improvement projects, as well as social programs;
Operate residential facilities with pride and in compliance with relevant University policies as well as local, state, and federal laws and statutes;
Abide by all applicable policies of the University as well as all relevant local, state, and federal laws and statutes.
Report Inappropriate Behavior or Hazing Activity
Public Safety - 973-596-3111
1-888-NOT- HAZE (The Anti-Hazing Hotline)
Additional information and resources can be found at:
Myths & Facts About Hazing
Examples of Hazing
Not allowing a group of members or individuals to sleep or eat
Changing someone's appearance (i.e. forcing them to wear something or shaving their head)
Name calling, insulting, or yelling at an individual or group
Marching and/or cutting corners on a line
Forcing an individual to use drugs or drink alcohol
Physical abuse (i.e. spanking, paddling, or swatting)
Forcing an individual to perform sexual acts
Locking an individual or group in a confined space
Prohibiting an individual or group from participating in any activity (i.e. going to school events, returning to their residence, or attending classes)
Forcing individuals to do personal errands for other members