Arkansas - Hazing Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law prohibits hazing as a violation of student codes of conduct without requiring districts to adopt hazing policies.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-5-201. Hazing Definition

(a) As used in this subchapter, "hazing" means:

  • (1) A willful act on or off the property of any school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas by one (1) student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization if the volunteer or employee is acting on behalf of, or in the name of, the fraternal organization, acting alone, or acting with others when the conduct is directed against any other student and done for the purpose of intimidating the student attacked by threatening him or her with social or other ostracism or of submitting such student to ignominy, shame, or disgrace among his or her fellow students, and acts calculated to produce such results;
  • (2) The playing of abusive or truculent tricks on or off the property of any school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas by one (1) student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization if the volunteer or employee is acting on behalf of, or in the name of, the fraternal organization, acting alone, or acting with others, upon another student to frighten or scare him or her;
  • (3) A willful act on or off the property of any school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas by one (1) student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization if the volunteer or employee is acting on behalf of, or in the name of, the fraternal organization, acting alone, or acting with others which is directed against any other student done for the purpose of humbling the pride, stifling the ambition, or impairing the courage of the student attacked or to discourage him or her from remaining in that school, college, university, or other educational institution, or reasonably to cause him or her to leave the institution rather than submit to such acts; or
  • (4) A willful act on or off the property of any school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas by one (1) student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization if the volunteer or employee is acting on behalf of, or in the name of, the fraternal organization, acting alone, or acting with others in striking, beating, bruising, or maiming; or seriously offering, threatening, or attempting to strike, beat, bruise, or maim; or to do or seriously offer, threaten, or attempt to do physical violence to any student of any such educational institution; or any assault upon any such student made for the purpose of committing any of the acts, or producing any of the results, to such student as defined in this section.

(b) The term "hazing" as defined in this section:

  • (1) Does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions; and
  • (2) Is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with an organization, extracurricular activity, or sports program.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-604. Fraternitites, Sororities, Etc. - Exclusions

The provisions of this subchapter shall not apply to:

  • (1) Fraternities, sororities, or secret societies of the University of Arkansas, any state teachers' college, or other state-supported institutions of junior college rank, or rank above junior college, or senior high school students of national fraternities or sororities, nor to students of these institutions in their relation to such societies or organizations in these institutions; or
  • (2) Any nonsecret society or organization authorized and sponsored by the public school authorities.

Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.15.11-003 Guidelines for the Development, Review and Revision of School District Student Discipline and School Safety Policies

5.00 OTHER STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

  • 5.01 School district leaders are advised of the following statutory requirements pertaining to school district discipline policies:
    • 5.01.1 Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-18-209 and 6-18-222 concerning student attendance policies;
    • 5.01.2 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-5-201 et seq. concerning the prohibition of hazing;
    • 5.01.3 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-507 concerning suspension and expulsion procedures;
    • 5.01.4 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-511 concerning the removal of students from the classroom by teachers;
    • 5.01.5 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-512 concerning policies pertaining to the seizure of hand-held laser pointers;
    • 5.01.6 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-513 concerning parental notification of certain incidents involving law enforcement personnel; and
    • 5.01.7 Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-514 concerning the requirement to adopt anti-bullying policies.
      Arkansas Secretary of State

2017 Arkansas Code 6-5-201. Hazing Prohibitions

(a) A student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization of a school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas shall not knowingly engage in hazing or encourage, aid, or assist any other student, alumnus, or volunteer or employee of a fraternal organization in hazing.

(b)

  • (1) A person shall not knowingly permit, encourage, aid, or assist another person in committing the offense of hazing, or knowingly acquiesce in the commission of the offense of hazing, or fail to report promptly his or her knowledge or any reasonable information within his or her knowledge of the presence and practice of hazing in this state to an appropriate administrative official of the school, college, university, or other educational institution in Arkansas.
  • (2) An act of omission or commission is hazing under this subsection.

(c) A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

(d) In addition to any penalty provided by this section, a student convicted of hazing shall be expelled from the school, college, university, or other educational institution that he or she is attending.

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