5: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation Services | Department of Student Health

Address Changes | Alcohol and Drug Policy | Amplified Music | Bicycle Policy | Computer Usage Policy
Confidentiality of Students' Records | Copyright Law | Discrimination Complaint Preocedures
Dogs Running at Large | Firearms | Fund-Raising Projects by Student Organizations on University Grounds
Grievance Procedure | Hazing | Misuse of Student I.D.s at Athletic Events | Residence Hall Visitation
Security Policy | Sexual Assault | Sexual Harassment Policy | Solicitors and Sales Representatives
Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities | Use of University Equipment
Use of University Facilities | University Services and Activities


Hazing is prohibited under the State statute on hazing (Virginia Hazing, Civil and Criminal Liability, Code of Virginia, 18.2-56) as well as by University policy and the University's Standards of Conduct. The University does not condone hazing in any form. The term "hazing" means any action taken or situation created by a member(s) of a student organization toward one or more organization members or toward prospective members (as a part of the new member selection process), that occurs on University-owned or leased property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions or at the local residence of any University student, faculty member, or employee, and that is designed to or produces mental or physical harassment, discomfort, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, creation of excessive physical or psychological shock, fatigue, stress, injury, or harm. Student organizations and/or individual members found to have engaged in hazing as defined in this statement shall be in violation of University policy and the University's Standards of Conduct and may also be in violation of the State statute. The state statute on hazing reads as follows:

"It shall be unlawful to haze, or otherwise mistreat so as to cause bodily injury, any student at any school, college or university. Any person found guilty thereof shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, unless the injury would be such as to constitute a felony, and, in that event the punishment shall be inflicted as is otherwise provided by law for the punishment of such felony."

"Any person receiving bodily injury by hazing or mistreatment shall have a right to sue civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants."

"The president, or other presiding official of any school, college or university receiving appropriations from the State treasury shall, upon satisfactory proof of the guilt of any student found guilty of hazing or mistreating another student so as to cause bodily injury, expel such student so found guilty, and shall make report thereof to the attorney for the Commonwealth of the county or city in which such school, college or university is, who shall present the same to the grand jury of such city or county convened after such report is made to him."

Any violation of Section 18.2-56 shall bedeemed a violation of the University's Standards of Conduct. Upon satisfactory proof of the guilt of any student charged with hazing or mistreating another student so as to cause bodily injury, the University will expel such student so found guilty by the University Judiciary Committee. The President will also report any disciplinary finding resulting in expulsion to the Commonwealth's Attorney of the appropriate jurisdiction (the County of Albemarle or the city of Charlottesville).

The Dean of Students, or designee, shall inform the Black Fraternal Council, Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council, and all fraternities, sororities, and student organizations who have executed contracts with the University as Fraternal Organizations or as Contracted Independent Organizations of the provisions of Section 18.2-56 of the Code of Virginia and of this University policy.

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