Hazing Policy

Wartburg College is committed to enforcing state law regarding hazing (see Iowa Code 708.10 Hazing). The hazing policy and creation of positive alternatives designed to build community are the responsibilities of everyone at Wartburg.

Hazing is defined by Wartburg as any action or situation — on or off campus — that creates a negative separation between peers by causing others to perform activities that are humiliating, insulting, demeaning, mentally or physically abusive, or potentially harmful.

Wartburg will support activities that foster the development of community by promoting positive interaction among all of its members. 

Judicial Process

Any student or member of the Wartburg community who believes the hazing policy has been violated may initiate the student conduct process by filing a standard incident form with the Student Life Office and will be subject to the procedures described under the Student Conduct System section of the Wartburg College Student Handbook. 

Consequences of Violations

Groups or individuals who violate the hazing policy will appear before the appropriate college Student Conduct Board or college administrator. All violations will most generally fall into one of two categories.

The first category of violations MAY include:

1. Verbal abuse

    a. ethnic slurs

    b. derogatory personal references

2. Servitude 

    a. forced labor/activities

3. Public stunts

    a. performance on demand of demeaning/embarrassing activities

4. Shunning
Sanctions for the above violations MAY include:

1. Letter of warning.
2. Letter(s) of apology.
3. Payment of damages.
4. Community service.
5. Residence hall restrictions
6. Other relevant sanctions as determined by the board or administrator (e.g., educational programming on the potential dangers of hazing).

A second category of violations MAY include any extreme violations of the first category, as well as:

1. Physical abuse

    a. causing excessive fatigue 
    b. forced eating 
    c. throwing things (water, garbage, paints, etc.)
    d. paddling

2. Property damage 

    a. theft 
    b. vandalism

3. Mental duress 

    a. interrogations 
    b. yelling and screaming at individuals

4. Substance abuse 

    a. forced drinking 
    b. use of controlled substances

5. Sexual acts 

    a. simulated sex act

Sanctions for the above violations MAY include:

1. Any sanctions listed in the Student Conduct System section

2. Civil action

All disciplinary letters will remain in the student’s file seven years after graduation.