Hazing Policy

STUDENT HANDBOOK: Policies and Procedures

Bennington College prohibits hazing, whether by an individual or an organization. Student houses are considered organizations at Bennington College. The College defines “hazing” as any act committed on- or off-campus by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization that is affiliated with Bennington College, and that is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student, or endangering the mental or physical health of the student. Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise actively or passively participating in the above acts. All members of the College community are encouraged to report possible hazing incidents to the Dean of Students.

Any individual, group, or organization found responsible for hazing will be subject to disciplinary action, which may result in suspension, dismissal, or revocation of College recognition. Consent or acquiescence is not a defense to disciplinary action under this Policy.

The College will report allegations of hazing to law enforcement authorities when, in its judgment, the nature of the allegations suggest that the hazing activity, if it occurred or is occurring, presents a serious risk of harm to students or other persons, or involves a potentially serious violation of law.