View Bill 13-14-31

Senate Bill 13-14-31

Bill ID: 13-14-31
Name: Hazing Policy Revision
Proposed: 03/27/2014
Sponsor: Andrea Goodwin
Proposal: In Fall 2012, The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs hosted a Hazing Summit. Faculty, staff and students from across the University convened to discuss the serious problem of Hazing. The purpose of the summit was to:

A. Conduct analysis of hazing at the University;
B. Review current hazing policies;
C. Review existing hazing prevention efforts;
D. Identify short and long term goals; and, develop a system to
E. Monitor and evaluate progress.

Following the summit a steering committee was formed to help reduce and eliminate acts of hazing on our campus. Three subgroups were formed, one specifically to review the University's current policy.

The University currently has a Hazing Policy that has been in place for several years. The policy belongs to the Division of Student Affairs and is enforced by the Office of Student Conduct.

The subgroup, consisting of staff, faculty and students met to consider whether the policy should be revised. The committee determined that the language in the current policy should be amended and that the policy should be reviewed and approved by the University Senate.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 02/20/2015


Presidential Approval: 02/20/2015
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/04/2015
Decision Date: 02/11/2015
Decision: The Senate approved the recommended revisions to the Hazing Policy.
Actions: The Senate reviewed the committee's report and recommendations at the Senate meeting on February 11, 2015. The Senate voted in favor of creating a Hazing Policy, as recommended by the SCC.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/14/2015
Decision Date: 01/21/2015
Decision: To add the report to the agenda of the February 11, 2015 Senate meeting.
Actions: The SEC voted to send the report to the February 11, 2015 Senate meeting for review.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Student Conduct Committee
Received: 04/14/2014
Decision Due By: 11/14/2014
Decision: To forward its final report to the SEC for Senate consideration.
Actions: The SCC began its review of this charge in fall 2014. Over the course of several months, the SCC went through the policy language suggested by the Hazing Prevention Steering Committee in detail, discussing and making a number of revisions.

The SCC consulted with students and deliberated the review and adjudication process for alleged acts of hazing at the University.

The SCC fulfilled the requirements of its charge, including consultation with the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) and research of similar policies at peer institutions within the Big Ten.

In January 2015, the SCC finalized the proposed University of Maryland Policy and Procedures on Hazing, which it decided to recommend be implemented as official campus policy.
Next Step: Senate Executive Committee (SEC) Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 03/27/2014
Decision Date: 04/03/2014
Decision: To charge the Student Conduct Committee (SCC) with reviewing the proposal.
Actions: The SEC discussed proposal at its meeting on April 3, 2014 and voted in favor of charging the Student Conduct Committee (SCC) with review of the proposal.
Next Step: Student Conduct Committee (SCC) Review
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