Comparable to the Harassment Policy in the University Student Handbook and in keeping with our Mercy values of Hospitality and Sacredness of Creation, the University prohibits the practice of hazing. View or download the University Student Handbook here. “Hazing” is defined as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly coercing, forcing, or subjecting a person to any of the following below, on or off campus, for the purposes of either admission to, continuing in, or enhancing membership with, a Carlow University organization (broadly defined to include any group at or affiliated with the University that consists of students, staff, faculty, or alumni, including fraternities or sororities).

For purposes of this policy, prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, violation of federal or state criminal law; consuming any food, drink, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance that subjects an individual to a risk of emotional or physical harm; enduring brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements; enduring brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of an individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment; and enduring brutality of a sexual nature; enduring any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to an individual.

Any person aware of such actions is to report such awareness to a University official, including University Police or Student Affairs office staff. Notwithstanding University policy, applicable Pennsylvania criminal law may allow for safe harbor, which provides protection from criminal prosecution to individuals who make an immediate report of hazing to obtain medical attention for a victim.

Any violation of this policy shall result in discipline in accordance with University policy and may include expulsion of a student or termination of the organization.

View or download the Carlow University 5-Year Hazing Report [pdf].

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