The University of Southern Mississippi is a state institution of higher education devoted to excellence in teaching, research and service to the people of the state. A part of that mission is fulfilled by the university's commitment to the development of students through academic and extracurricular activities.
In keeping with its commitment to a positive academic environment, the university has unconditionally opposed any situation created intentionally or unintentionally to produce mental, physical, psychological or emotional discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding hazing.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
Website Address for this Policy
Section 1. The University of Southern Mississippi unconditionally opposes any situation created intentionally or unintentionally to produce mental, physical, psychological or emotional discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
Section 2. Hazing shall include any or all of the following:
Section 3. Time. New member activities shall not take place from the hours of 1 a.m. to 8 a.m., unless written permission is obtained from the national organization and Greek Life office.
Section 4. Supportive behavior. The creation of an environment conducive and/or supportive to the propagation of hazing traditions or culture is a violation of this policy. Insomuch, it is possible that self-directed or inflicted activities by members or new members would constitute hazing if a culture or atmosphere was pervasive enough to dictate acceptance, tradition, lineage, or otherwise perceived “need” to perform the activity.
Section 5. Mississippi Hazing Law (§97-3-105. Hazing; initiation into organization.)
The Assistant Dean for Greek Life is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
03/04/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.