HAZING

BOARD POLICY - 5145.9

It is the policy of the Irvine Unified District that no student or employee of the District shall participate in or be a member of any secret fraternity or secret organization that is in any degree related to the school or to a school activity. No student organization, club, or any person associated with any organization, curricular or extracurricular activity, or club sanctioned by the Board of Education shall engage or participate in hazing.

For the purposes of this policy, "hazing" means any method of preinitiation or intiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school. "Hazing" does not include customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

This policy is not intended to deprive Irvine Unified School District authorities from taking necessary and appropriate disciplinary action toward any student or employee. Students or employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion for students and employment termination for employees.

A copy of this policy will be furnished to each student, administrator, teacher, aide and coach in the school district.

Policy Adopted: January 12, 2010

Legal References:

California Penal Code 245.6
Matt’s Law SEC.3.Section 245.6
California SB 1454

See Also:

Board Policy 5145.6 – Harassment and Hate – Violence
Board Policy 5145.7 – Sexual Harassment – Students
Board Policy 5145.8 – Bullying/Cyber Bullying

Administrative Regulation