Campus Life

Laws and Policy

State Law
Hazing is illegal in the state of Illinois. Hazing is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, expect in the situation where hazing results in death or great bodily harm; it is then considered a Class 4 felony.
720 ILCS 120/5. Hazing 

Section 5. Hazing. A person commits hazing who knowingly requires the performance of any act by a student or other person in a school, college, university, or other educational institution of this State, for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization, or society associated or connected with that institution if: 

      (a) the act is not sanctioned or authorized by that educational institution; and 
      (b) the act results in bodily harm to any person. 
720 ILCS 120/10. Sentence 
Section 10. Sentence. Hazing is a Class A misdemeanor, except hazing that results in death or great bodily harm is a Class 4 felony.
Illinois College Policy on Hazing
Illinois College prohibits conduct by individuals, organizations or groups affiliated with the College that is in violation of the Illinois law on hazing, or any hazing activity which threatens a person’s rights or self-respect, which disrupts community life or which encourages the violation of civil, state or federal law.

It is the College’s belief that all students have the right to join any organization, group or athletic team without threat, harassment, humiliation or ridicule. Hazing is not permitted by Illinois College. We define hazing as any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
The following are all clear examples of hazing, and will not be tolerated by Illinois College:
:: Forced consumption of drugs and/or alcohol, either by command or implied pressure
:: Sleep deprivation or creation of excessive fatigue
:: Deprivation of food or water
:: Endurance activities such as forced exercise
:: Paddling in any form
:: Forced vandalism and/or shoplifting
:: Physical and psychological shocks
:: Road trips or any other such activities
:: Wearing publicly, any apparel which is conspicuous and not in normally good taste
:: Engaging in public stunts or pranks
:: Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities
:: Late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities
:: Any other activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of Illinois College.
Known offenders will run the risk of losing the right to attend Illinois College. Those in violation of the Illinois Hazing Act, are also subject to the sanctions of the State of Illinois.

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