Clubs May Not Haze
As outlined in the University’s Ethos Statement, Respect for Oneself and Respect for Others are cornerstones on which Gonzaga’s students base their individual growth and development. Traditions are important at Gonzaga and some of these traditions include rituals and rites of passage which link students to the University’s past and help them prepare for the future. These actions can build important bonds between individuals and groups. It is imperative to remember that the relationships and bonds that are created in our community are to always be deeply rooted in mutual respect, and not through senseless activities or humiliation. Clubs must adhere to the no-hazing policy.
What is hazing?
Hazing is a form of harassment. Hazing is not limited to group activity alone, but includes individual behavior, which subjects another to abusive conduct, or ridiculous or annoying tricks or pranks. Because hazing and some initiation-related practices threaten the self-esteem and safety of students, and subsequently the University as a whole.
Club Conduct Policy and Procedures
Student Organization Conduct Expectations and Judicial Process
The student conduct expectations and standards apply to behavior on University property, at all University-sponsored activities held on or off-campus and to students’ off campus behavior that may negatively impact the institution and/or the institution's reputation. Expectations and standards apply to both the individual student and any student group.
In addition to compliance with the Office of Community Standards, the Student Code of Conduct, student organizations must adhere to the following student group expectations:
- Be consistent with the University’s Mission Statement and abide by all University policies and procedures.
- Ensure that group involvement and activities do not adversely affect the academic success of group members or other Gonzaga community members.
- Follow all local, state and federal laws.
- Abide by Gonzaga’s policies and procedures in both on- and off- campus activities.
- Follow the group’s constitution and by-laws.
- Be responsible for all financial transactions done by and/or in the name of the group. All financial transactions will proceed through the group’s controller account or GSBA. No off-campus bank accounts are allowed.
- Have at least ten student members (5 for law school groups).
- Register their group annually with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
- Follow the University “Events Policy” for all events and programs.
- Understand and abide by the University Hazing and Alcohol Policies.
- Maintain good communication with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership by checking, updating and maintaining their group website and checking their group mailbox at least once a week.
- Follow all policies and procedures of the various departments and/or organizations with which they might interact. These may include, but are not limited to, the Controller’s Office, University Relations, Campus Services, GSBA, Student Involvement and Leadership, Sodexo, Athletics, Security, etc.
- Accept responsibility for members' behavior including whenever an event is held, officially or unofficially, in the name of the group or whenever the action of a member draws attention to the group rather than to the member as an individual.
- Any group that is inactive for over four years will be expected to repeat the student group recognition process.
- All philosophical or general changes in the group’s original recognition paperwork must be submitted to the Student Involvement and Leadership Office immediately so as to not affect the group’s standing with the University.
- Registration and/or official recognition does not commit the University to the proposed programs of any group.
Student groups that fail to adhere to the expectations, conduct standards, or policies of the University may be subject to conduct processes.
Student Organization Violations
The Vice President of Student Development, or his/her designee, is the supervisory authority governing student organizations and their conduct and adherence to expectations. Violations of organizational expectations and/or student conduct expectations will be determined and resolved as provided in the Student Code of Conduct. Violations must be reported to the Office of Community Standards, who will determine initially whether the alleged violation is a procedural violation or a conduct violation.
Violations of a procedural nature will be addressed by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and in consultation with the GSBA Director of Clubs and Organizations. Examples of "procedural violations" include but are not limited to, failure to register, lack of communication, not following university protocols, failure to sign and submit liability waivers, etc. Student Groups can be made “inactive” for procedural violations, and typically will stay inactive until the violation is rectified. Other conduct outcomes can include loss of University funding, loss of event sponsorship privileges, loss of practices and/or games, mandatory meetings etc. Conduct outcomes imposed at this level are intended to bring the organization into compliance and help ensure that the violation does not recur.
An inactive student group is one in which there has been little to no student interest or a group that has failed to complete a required process for being a recognized student group. If a student group is inactive for more than four years, it must go through the entire new student group recognition process to regain recognition.
Conduct Violations and Conduct Outcomes:
Non-procedural conduct violations and resulting conduct outcomes, if any, will be addressed pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.
Should the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership be informed of conduct violations that are of a more serious nature, they have the right to temporarily suspend any and all benefits and privileges of being a recognized student group until the conduct process and final decision has been made.