Oswego City School District
120 East First Street
Oswego, New York 13126
Phone: 315-341-2000

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Adoption Date: 12/20/2011, Revised: 7/21/2015
7000 - STUDENTS

STUDENT WELFARE
7553 HAZING OF STUDENTS

          The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, productive, and positive learning environment within its schools. Hazing activities are demeaning and abusive behaviors that harm victims, are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District, and may constitute criminal conduct. Consequently, the hazing of students by other students or groups of students is strictly prohibited on school property, in school buildings, on school buses, by school sponsored groups, clubs or teams, and at school sponsored events and/or activities whether occurring on or off-campus. Hazing is prohibited regardless of the victim's apparent willingness to participate in the activity.

 

         For purposes of this policy, the term "hazing" is defined as any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of a student to join a group, regardless of their willingness to participate. Acts constituting hazing may range in severity from teasing or embarrassing a student to various forms of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. Hazing behaviors include, but are not limited to:

 

         a)      Humiliation:  socially offensive, isolating, or uncooperative behaviors.

 

         b)      Substance abuse:  abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

 

         c)      Other dangerous actions:  hurtful, aggressive, destructive, and disruptive behaviors.

 

 

         Hazing is a form of harassment and bullying, as those terms are defined for the purposes of Policy #7550 -- Dignity for All Students, and may constitute discrimination. As such, the District's response to reports of hazing will be governed by applicable law, the District's Code of Conduct, and Policy #7550 and its implementing regulations. In the event allegations involve hazing based on a student's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability, the District may utilize the procedures set forth in Policy #3420 -- Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the School District, and its implementing regulations.

 

 

 

Education Law Sections 1709-a, 2503-a, and 2801

Penal Law Sections 120.16 and 120.17

8 NYCRR Section 100.2

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:      Refer also to Policies #3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property

#3420 -- Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the School

District

#7551 -- Sexual Harassment of Students

District Code of Conduct


Policy References:
Civil Service Law Section 75-B
Education Law Sections 1709-a, 2503-a, 2554-a and 2801
Penal Law Sections 120.16 and 120.17
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 100.2(l)(2)

NOTE: Refer also to Policies #3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property
#3420 -- Anti-Harassment in the School District
#7551 -- Sexual Harassment of Students
#7552 -- Bullying: Peer Abuse in the Schools
District Code of Conduct