Abuse, Hazing, and Violence Policy

Direct and indirect forms of verbal and written abuse, threats, physical harassment, intimidation, or violence against another person or their property, as well as conduct that threatens the health and safety of self (including threats or attempts of suicide), will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations of this policy can result in action by the university and criminal charges. 

California Hazing Law states:

Hazing is any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an 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 or other person attending any college, university, or other educational institution in this state (Education Code, Section 32050).

No student or other person in attendance at any private college . . . or other educational institution, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution. The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine . . . or imprisonment (Education Code, Section 32051).

Hazing of any kind will not be tolerated. If the university determines that harassment has occurred, effective remedial action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved. Those campus citizens responsible for harassment will be referred to the dean of students, and face appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. 

The university encourages all campus citizens to report any incidents of harassment immediately. 

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing investigate and prosecute complaints of prohibited harassment.