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Hazing

Hazing by any member of any athletic team in any form will not be tolerated. Hazing is the potential to endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a fellow team member irrespective of the willingness of the team member to participate. Hazing shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, forced consumption of foods or liquids, any activity that will subject an athlete to mental stress, or various initiation or right of passage practices. The penalty for hazing may include both school disciplinary procedure and team disciplinary procedure, which may include removal from participation.

Middle school and high school students in Pennsylvania can be criminally charged for hazing their peer. Hazing is a third-degree misdemeanor. In addition to the possibility of jail time for a convicted student, the law allows secondary schools to impose fines, probation, suspension, and expulsion and to withhold diplomas and transcripts. Under state law, hazing includes situations that recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a person as a condition of acceptance in a group.

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