Columbus State University is committed to education and measures which support a safe
campus environment and experience for all students. Accordingly, incidents of hazing
and other forms of harmful misconduct perpetrated upon any individual by another individual
and/or organization shall be addressed through the University’s student conduct investigative
and hearing process as codified in the current student handbook.
Hazing is unlawful under State of Georgia law. Under state law, hazing is defined
as “subjecting a student to an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the
physical health of a student, or coerces the student through the use of social or
physical pressure to consume any food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance which
subjects the student to a likely risk of vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness
regardless of a student’s willingness to participate in such activity.”
Although not expressly defined as hazing under Georgia law, engagement in other potentially
harmful activities as part of one’s membership or potential membership in a registered
student organization or informal group remains strictly prohibited. Pursuant to existing
university policies as well as provisions within the student code of conduct/student
handbook, potentially harmful actions directed at individuals as part of the membership
process continue to be forbidden, regardless of whether such harm is physical or mental.
Alleged violations of Georgia law or university policy in this regard will be subject
to discipline, up to possible expulsion from the university, consistent, of course,
with the respect and safeguarding of each student’s right to due process.
Required Public Reporting
The University, under state law, is responsible for publicly reporting any incident
adjudicated from or after May 2021 wherein an individual or organization is found
responsible for hazing under the University’s code of conduct, or guilty of hazing
under state law.
No incidents have been adjudicated since May 2021.