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Hazing/Initiations

Bates College Department of Athletics

Hazing and Team Initiation Activities Policy 

The Athletics Department strictly prohibits hazing of any kind as well as all team initiation activities. Additionally, the Department is particularly sensitive to the role that alcohol often plays in hazing/initiation situations.  The Department defines hazing and/or team initiation activities as: 

“any action taken, created, or situated which intentionally, or unintentionally, recklessly subjects any person to the risk of bodily harm, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule; or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or college regulations; for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a student group or organization.” 

Actions and activities which are prohibited by the Athletics Department include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Any activity or action that creates a risk to the health or safety of another person.
  2. Any type of initiation or other activity where there is an expectation of individuals who are joining a particular team to participate in behavior designed to humiliate, degrade, or abuse them regardless of the person’s willingness to participate and/or the fact that the activity has been designated as optional or non-compulsory. 

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:

- Forcing, requiring, or pressuring the consumption of any substance, particularly alcohol or other drugs;

- Forcing, requiring of pressuring the shaving of any part of the body including hair on the head;

- Forcing, requiring or pressuring the participation in any activity which is illegal, perverse, or indecent;

- Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to tamper with or damage College property;

- Dietary restrictions of any kind, sleep deprivation, or creation of excessive fatigue;

- Paddling, whipping, beating or physical abuse of any kind;

- Forced tattooing or branding or exposure to the elements;

- Calisthenics or any type of physically abusive exercise;

- Compulsory servitude, work projects without the participation of the full membership;

- Road trips, kidnapping, drop-offs, or any other such activities;

- Assigned or endorsed pranks such as borrowing or stealing items or painting property or objects;

- Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities;

- Any activity which interferes with one’s ability to study or complete one’s course of study;

- Forcing, encouraging, or pressuring the wearing of apparel in public which is conspicuous;

- Participation in sexual rituals or assaults and/or required nudity;

- Mentally abusive or demeaning behavior;

- Collective behavior such as marching or requiring members to escort each other on campus. 

Non-Hazing Examples – see your coach for additional ideas

- Participate in a leadership retreat/weekend with a ropes course and team-building activities

- Develop a community volunteer service project for the team

- Create a senior recognition ceremony

- Sponsor/host a career skill development and planning workshop for all team members

- Attend an educational speaker as a team, process and discuss what was presented

- Invite faculty members, alumni or a speaker to lunch with new team members and/or the whole team

- Host a dinner and movie for the new team members and/or the whole team

- Plan and execute a team fundraiser

- Host a fathers, mothers or family & friends weekend

- Participate as a team in a campus event or host a campus/community event to meet the team members

- Develop an academic incentive program for new team members and the entire team

- Attend another team’s contest that is chosen by the new team members

- Host the president to speak about the campus and her role and understanding of the athletic community

- Develop and create a parents alliance for the team