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269:17 HAZING; ORGANIZING OR PARTICIPATING; HAZING
DEFINED: Section 17. Whoever is a principal
organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall
be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by
imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both
such fine and imprisonment.
The term "hazing" as used in this
section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization,
whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly
endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.
Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced
calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food,
liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment
or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the
physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which
subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including
extended deprivation of sleep
or rest or extended isolation.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this
section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
269:18 FAILURE TO REPORT HAZING: Section 18. Whoever knows
that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section
seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such
person can do so without danger or peril to himself or
others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement
official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such
crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
269:19 COPY OF SECS. 17-19; ISSUANCE TO STUDENTS AND
STUDENT GROUPS, TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS;
19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private
institution of post secondary education shall issue to every student
group, student team or student organization which is part of such
institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the
institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution
to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a
copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution's compliance with
this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this
section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student
groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the
institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or
Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a
copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its
members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the
duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its
designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an
attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has
received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and
eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has
received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group,
team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the
provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
I, hereby acknowledge that I have
received a copy of the
Hazing Statute Acknowledgment Sheet
I, ____________________ hereby acknowledge that I have received a copy of the Massachusetts hazing statute and understand and agree to comply with its provisions.
Date: ____________________ Signature: ________________