BGSU Hazing Policy:
In keeping with its commitment to a positive academic environment, the BGSU community is unconditionally opposed to any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Respect and cooperation among peers within recognized student organizations is a guaranteed right that all students possess, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, pregnancy, religion, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. Hazing is a Code of Student Conduct violation and a crime in Ohio. When done intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly for the purpose of initiating, admitting, or affiliating an individual into Women in Business Leadership for the purpose of continuing or enhancing an individual's membership or status in Women in Business Leadership the Code of Student Conduct prohibits, causing, coercing, or forcing an individual to do any of the following:
1. Consume any food, liquid, drug, or other substance.
2. Endure any act of a physical nature including, but not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, paddling, kicking, pushing, shoving, tackling, calisthenics, or exposure to the elements.
3. Endure any act which may adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual including, but not limited to, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact, or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or degradation.
4. Any activity which has the potential to be frightening, degrading, or unduly deceptive, including deception designed to convince the individual of impending pain, injury, or non-initiation including, but not limited to, promoting servitude, berating or verbally harassing individuals, throwing items at or on individuals, forcing individuals to carry items, forcing individuals to yell when entering or departing a physical structure or in the presence of designated individuals, forcing individuals to use designated entrances or exits, requiring individuals to run personal errands, intentionally creating labor or clean-up work, and requiring individuals to wear scant clothing or be nude.
5. Any activity which endangers or has the potential to endanger the academic performance of the individual, such as not allowing adequate time for or interfering with academic commitments.
6. Any destruction or removal of public or private property.
7. Any violation of federal, state, or local law or rule or University policy.
Failing to intervene to prevent, failing to discourage, and/or failing to report those acts may also violate the Code of Conduct.