Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) policy promotes healthy, safe, and balanced lifestyles within the college community. Individual students, student organizations, and athletic teams play a vital role in this process, and provide transformative opportunities for friendship, leadership, and personal growth and discovery. Hazing of any kind is contrary to this policy and illegal in Illinois; therefore, IECC expressly prohibits hazing activities, whether by an individual or an organization. Hazing may also lead to the probation, suspension, or termination of a student organization or athletic team. Disciplinary actions and the appeal process follow the protocol outlined in IECC’s Student Code of Conduct.
Because of the socially coercive nature of hazing, implied or expressed consent by anyone to hazing is not a defense under this policy.
For the purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as any act committed 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, participating in, or maintaining membership in any organization or team affiliated with any IECC college; and which 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 participating actively or passively in the above acts.