State law prohibits hazing as a violation of student codes of conduct without requiring districts to adopt hazing policies.
Iowa Code 708.10 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.
- A person who commits an act of hazing is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.
- A person who commits an act of hazing which causes serious bodily injury to another is guilty of a serious misdemeanor.