Macaulay Honors College has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing. Macaulay Honors College students found in violation of New York State hazing laws will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from Macaulay Honors College.

New York State’s law (N.Y. Penal Law §120.16) defines hazing in the first degree as follows:

“A person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury. Hazing in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization which causes, or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student.

Hazing may also include any action taken or situation created, intentionally, or unintentionally, whether on or off Macaulay Honors College premises to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.

Such activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of alcohol (on or off campus)
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Paddling in any form
  • Mandated uniform (of any type) on specific days or times
  • Creation of any excessive fatigue
  • Any other activities which are inconsistent with the rules and regulations of Macaulay Honors College

All members of the Macaulay community are responsible for ensuring that Macaulay remains free from hazing.

Failure to report acts of hazing to college officials is a violation of the College’s hazing policy. Those failing to report knowledge of or information about incidents of hazing may be subject to disciplinary action. Outcomes for violations of the College’s hazing policy may include, but are not limited to, loss of membership or loss of student recognition at Macaulay Honors College, and/ or criminal prosecution.

Failure to adhere to the established Macaulay Honors College code of Student Conduct Article XV will result in immediate and swift disciplinary action by the College. Students found violating the Code of Student Conduct can face immediate expulsion from the college and suspension of the organization activities.