Hazing - The policy on hazing is in compliance with Chapter 536 of the Acts of 1985, which amend Chapter 269 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Hazing shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public oir 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 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.

Any student who organizes or participates in hazing as defined above, shall be suspended from school for eight days. The student's record may be placed before the School Committee with a recommendation from the Administration of the time and place of the hearing in accordance with Chapter 76, Section 17 of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

In compliance with Chapter 269, Section 18 of the General Laws of Massachusetts acts of hazing shall be reported to appropriate law enforcement officials. Below is a copy of the law.

Chapter 269
Crimes Against Public Peace
Chapter 269, S. 17. Crime of Hazing; Definition; Penalty

Whoever is a principle organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one hundred days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

The term "hazing" as used in this section and in section of 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 shipping, beatings, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment of 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. Added by St. 1985 C. 536.

Chapter 269, S. 18. Duty to Report Hazing 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 five hundred dollars. Added by St. 1985

Chapter 269, S. 19. Hazing Status to be Provided: Statement of Compliance and Discipline Police Required.'
Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall issue to every group or organization under its authority or operating on or in conjunction with its campus or school, and to every member, plebe, pledge, or applicant for membership in such group or organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
''Each secondary school and each public or private school or college shall file, at least annually a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary schools, the Board of Education, certifying that such institution has complied with the provisions of the section and also certifying that said school has adopted a disciplinary policy with regards to the organizers and participants of hazing. The Board of Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the Attorney General of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the Attorney General any such institution which fails to make such report." Added by St. 1985, c 536