Jersey Shore’s Policy on Hazing
Jersey Shore Area Athletic Department believes that hazing, though harmful at any age, is particularly detrimental to junior and senior high students, (for purposes of this policy hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the Board of Education).
- 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 beverage, drug, or controlled substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual.
- Endanger the mental health shall include any activity, that would subject an individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct, 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.
Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, (even if a student willingly participates.) Any student athletes found to be hazing other student athletes will be removed from their respective teams.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Jersey Shore Area Athletic Department does not condone any form of initiation or harassment, known as hazing, as part of any school sponsored activity and Pennsylvania joined more than forty states across the country that have passed laws banning hazing activities of any type; and be it further resolved that Jersey Shore Area Athletic Department urges its coaches to establish regulations so that no student, assistant, or volunteer shall plan, direct, encourage, assist or engage in any hazing activity.
Adapted from the P.S.A.D.A’s resolution on Hazing.