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Policy on Hazing

The Boston Architectural College policy on hazing will be in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The College has a zero tolerance policy for hazing. Boston Architectural College students found in violation of Massachusetts' hazing laws will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the BAC.

BAC student organizations recognized by the Office of Student Development are also prohibited from engaging in hazing activities. Upon club registration, each student organization is provided with a copy of Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 269, Sections 17, 18 and 19) and is required to sign a formal statement acknowledging receipt of the College's hazing regulations. Any BAC student organization found to be involved in hazing or harassment of members or prospective members will have its recognition as an organization withdrawn immediately, organization funds returned to Atelier, and the organization will be required to disband. Individual organizers and participants in hazing will be subject to strong disciplinary action, including immediate dismissal from the College.

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, Sections 17, 18 and 19, any form of hazing is considered to be a criminal offense punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. Furthermore, persons who witness or have knowledge of hazing incidents and fail to report them are also subject to similar penalties. Please see the law listed below.

"Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than $3,000 or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both by such fine and imprisonment."

"The term 'hazing,' as used in this section and in sections 18 and 19, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance, or any other brutal treatment of forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation."
"Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action."

"Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section 17 and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to herself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000."

"Section 19. Copy of sections 17, 18, and this section; issuance to members and applicants of school groups or organizations: Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall issue to every group or organization under its authority or operating on or in conjunction with its campus or school, and to every member, plebe, pledge or applicant for membership in such group or organization, a copy of said sections 17 and 18, and shall sign an acknowledgement stating that such group, organization or individual has received a copy of said sections 17 and 18."

"Each secondary school and each public or private school or college shall file, at least annually, a report with the Board of Higher Education and in the case of secondary schools, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with the provisions of this section and also certifying that said school has adopted a disciplinary policy with regards to the organizers and participants of hazing. The Board of Higher Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report."