FAQs

Where can I make a report and/or receive support if I’ve experienced hazing?
You may report hazing to the appropriate law enforcement individual and/or any of the following offices – click on the office for a link to direction. Reports should include what happened, where it happened, when it happened and who was there.

Can I make an anonymous report?
Yes you can make an anonymous report to any of the resources listed above.

If I am the witness of a hazing incident, what responsibility do I have to report it?
Yes, you have an ethical and legal responsibility under the Honor Code and MA law to report any incident of hazing that you witness to an appropriate law enforcement official and a College administrator as soon as reasonably practical. See list above of offices to report hazing

What is the range of outcomes for reported hazing incidents involving Mount Holyoke community members?
Hazing is a serious offense. If it is determined to be a criminal offense, legal outcomes include fines of not more than three thousand dollars or imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both fine and imprisonment.

Even if there is no criminal case

  • The range of outcomes at the College depends on facts of the matter, as determined by the College’s investigation of the report.
  • The complainant may choose to pursue action against those involved with the hazing (i.e. none, informal grievance, formal grievance, Council on Student Affairs, Student Disciplinary Process through the Dean of Students Office, legal remedies).
  • The Dean of Students or other college officials may also take action to enforce College policy or comply with applicable law. The College may take appropriate protective and administrative action even in situations where the Complainant is absent.
  • Outcomes may include, but are not limited to: a letter of reprimand, mandatory educational project, social probation, suspension, required withdrawal or expulsion. Team players may be suspended or expelled from the team. Club members may be suspended or expelled from their club. In addition, teams or clubs participating in hazing may lose the right to organize, play, compete for any period of time, including permanently.
  • Grievance procedures
  • Council on Student Affairs procedures
  • Standards of Social Conduct