Iowa - Hazing Policy: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

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

2018 Iowa Code 708.10 Title XVI Criminal Law and Procedure, Subtitle 1 Crime Control and Criminal Acts, Chapter 708 Assault - Hazing

    • a. A person commits an act of hazing when the person intentionally or recklessly engages in any act or acts involving forced activity which endanger the physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any organization operating in connection with a school, college, or university. Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, forced confinement, or any other forced activity which endangers the physical health or safety of the student.
    • b. For purposes of this section, “forced activity” means any activity which is a condition of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, an organization, regardless of a student’s willingness to participate in the activity.
  1. A person who commits an act of hazing is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.
  2. A person who commits an act of hazing which causes serious bodily injury to another is guilty of a serious misdemeanor.
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