Hazing

Notice to Students

The following is an excerpt of an amendment to 21 O.S. 1981, Section 852. If you have any questions regarding this law, call the Office of Student Services at (580) 774-3767.

SECTION 3. NEW LAW

A new section of law has been codified in the Oklahoma Statues as Section 1190 of Title 21, reads as follows:

A. No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of any public or private school or institution of higher education in this state shall engage or participate in hazing.

B. Any hazing activity described in subsection “F” of this section upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization sanctioned or authorized by a public or private school or by any institution of higher education in this state is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity.

C. A copy of the policy of the rules and regulations of the public or private school or institution of higher education which prohibits hazing shall be given to each student enrolled in the school or institution and shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all organizations operating at the public or private school or the institution of higher education.

D. Any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of a public or private school or institution of higher education in this state which violates subsection “A” of this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) and the forfeit for a period of not less than one (1) year all of the rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at the public or private school or at the institution of higher education.

E. Any individual convicted of violating the provisions of subsection “A” of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punishable by imprisonment for not to exceed ninety (90) days in the county jail, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such imprisonment and fine.

F. For purpose of this section:

1.“Hazing” means an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health or physical safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating subject to the sanction of the public or private school or any institution of higher education in this state.

2.“Endanger the physical health” shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverages as defined in Section 506 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statues, non-intoxicating beverage as defined in Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statues, drug controlled dangerous substance or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual.

3. “Endanger the mental health” shall include any activity, except those activities authorized by law, which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.

SECTION 4. This act shall become effective July 1, 1990.

SECTION 5. It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.