Hazing Prohibition

Oklahoma Hazing Law
 

 

Section 3. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the
   Oklahoma Statues as Section 1190 of Title 21, unless there is created
   a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
  
   A. No student organization or any person associated with any
   organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of any
   public or private school or institution of higher education in this
   state shall engage or participate in hazing.
  
   B. Any hazing activity described in subsection F of this section upon
   which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an
   organization sanctioned or authorized by a public or private school or
   by any institution of higher education in this state is directly or
   indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even
   if the student willingly participates in such activity.
  
   C. A copy of the policy or the rules and regulations of the public or
   private school or institution of higher education which prohibits
   hazing shall be given to each student enrolled in the school or
   institution and shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all
   organizations operating at the public school or the institution of
   higher education.
  
   D. Any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of
   a public or private school or of an institution of higher education in
   this state which violates subsection A of this section, upon
   conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punishable by
   a fine of not more than One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00)
   and the forfeit for a period of not less than one (1) year all of the
   rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating
   at the public or private school or at the institution of higher
   education.
  
   E. Any individual convicted of violating the provisions of subsection
   A of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be
   punishable by imprisonment for not to exceed ninety (90) days in the
   county jail, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Hundred
   Dollars ($500.00), or by both such imprisonment and fine.
  
   F. For purposes of this section:
  
   1. "Hazing" means an activity which recklessly or intentionally
   endangers the mental health or physical health or safety of a student
   for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with
   any organization operating subject to the sanction of the public or
   private school or of any institution of higher education in this
   state;
  
   2. "Endanger the physical health" shall include but not be limited to
   any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating,
   branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced
   consumption of any food, alcoholic beverages as defined in Section 506
   of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statues, nonintoxicating beverage as
   defined in Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statues, drug
   controlled dangerous substance or other substance, or any other forced
   physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or
   safety of the individual; and
  
   3. "Endanger the mental health" shall include any activity, except
   those activities authorized by law, which would subject the individual
   to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced
   prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could
   result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which
   could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.
  
  
   SECTION 4. This act shall become effective July 1, 1990.
  
   SECTION 5. It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the
   public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to
   exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full
   force from and after its passage and approval."
 
 
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