Hazing and Bullying

Hazing and/or bullying by individuals or student organizations is not permitted or tolerated at The College of Idaho.

Hazing is defined as any action or situation (with or without consent) which, for the purpose of initiation, admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition of membership:

  • Intentionally, unintentionally, or recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student
  • Creates risk of injury
  • Causes fear, discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, or degradation of the individual from the perspective of the potential or current member or other reasonable person;
  • Willfully destroys or removes public or private property or
  • In any way debases the individual's status or robs him or her of dignity

Some examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Requiring violation of federal law, Idaho law, local law, or the C of I student code
  • Activities that cause exhaustion, or loss of sleep
  • Feats of endurance
  • Activities that could cause sickness or death
  • Requiring an individual to eat or drink anything;
  • Subjecting individuals to road trips, kidnaps, or leaving them to find their way home without resources and/or directions.

Idaho Law Title 18 Crimes and Punishment Chapter 9 Assault and Battery

18-917. Hazing

  1. No student or member of a fraternity, sorority or other living or social student group or organization organized or operating on or near a school or college or university campus, shall intentionally haze or conspire to haze any member, potential member or person pledged to be a member of the group or organization, as a condition or precondition of attaining membership in the group or organization or of attaining any office or status therein.
  2. As used in this section, "haze" means to subject a person to bodily danger or physical harm or a likelihood of bodily danger or physical harm, or to require, encourage, authorize or permit that the person be subjected to any of the following:   
    1. Total or substantial nudity on the part of the person;
    2. Compelled ingestion of any substance by the person;
    3. Wearing or carrying of any obscene or physically burdensome article by the person;
    4. Physical assaults upon or offensive physical contact with the person;
    5. Participation by the person in boxing matches, excessive number of calisthenics, or other physical contests;
    6. Transportation and abandonment of the person;
    7. Confinement of the person to unreasonably small, unventilated, unsanitary or unlighted areas;
    8. Sleep deprivation; or
    9. Assignment of pranks to be performed by the person.
  3. The term "hazing," as defined in this section, does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any group or organization. The term "hazing" does not include corporal punishment administered by officials or employees of public schools when in accordance with policies adopted by local boards of education.
  4. A student or member of a fraternity, sorority or other student organization, who personally violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Idaho Law Title 18 Crimes and Punishment Chapter 9 Assault and Battery

18-917A. Student Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying

  1. No student shall intentionally commit, or conspire to commit, an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying against another student.
  2. As used in this section, "harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any intentional gesture, or any intentional written, verbal or physical act or threat by a student that:   
    1. A reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:       
      1. Harming a student; or
      2. Damaging a student's property; or
      3. Placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person; or
      4. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his or her property; or
    2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student. An act of harassment, intimidation or bullying may also be committed through the use of a land line, car phone or wireless telephone or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network.
  3. A student who personally violates any provision of this section may be guilty of an infraction.