State law prohibits hazing as a violation of student codes of conduct without requiring districts to adopt hazing policies.
Nevada Revised Statutes 200.605. Penalties; definition.
A person who engages in hazing is guilty of:
- (a) A misdemeanor, if no substantial bodily harm results.
- (b) A gross misdemeanor, if substantial bodily harm results.
Consent of a victim of hazing is not a valid defense to a prosecution conducted pursuant to this section.
For the purposes of this section, an activity shall be deemed to be “forced” if initiation into or affiliation with a student organization, academic association or athletic team is directly or indirectly conditioned upon participation in the activity.
As used in this section, “hazing” means an activity in which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical health of another person for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with a student organization, academic association or athletic team at a high school, college or university in this state. The term:
- (a) Includes, without limitation, any physical brutality or brutal treatment, including, without limitation, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements or forced consumption of food, liquor, drugs or other substances.
- (b) Does not include any athletic, curricular, extracurricular or quasi-military practice, conditioning or competition that is sponsored or approved by the high school, college or university.