Hazing Law Violations & Reporting

Gettysburg College has established a cross-divisional Antihazing Committee whose charge is to review institutional reports of hazing and develop required final disclosures consistent with Pennsylvania’s Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing legislation (PA Act 80 of 2018); determine training needs related to hazing awareness, education and prevention; and assist in policy review and development. Departments and functional areas currently represented on the committee include: College Life, OSAGL, Public Safety, Risk Management, Athletics, Club Sports, Communications and Marketing and the Provost Office.

The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law requires Pennsylvania secondary schools and institutions of higher education to publish anti-hazing policies, provide hazing awareness and prevention programming, and publicly publish a report of hazing violations.

Hazing Violations of College Policy

Spring 2015 – Spring 2020

College’s Definition of Hazing

Any action taken, created, or situated, (on or off campus) to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule that is directed at new or prospective members of a recognized student organization. An individual, an individual against an organization, or an organization against an individual, may perpetrate such actions. In case of violations, individuals and an organization as a whole may be subject to disciplinary action. Please note that the consent of those hazed will not be accepted as a defense for hazing activities. The severity of the penalty for a hazing offense will be determined in proportion to the hazing activity.

Case 2017035401

Classification: Charged – Responsible

Subject: Third year male student

Date of charge: March 7th, 2018

Policy violation description: A member (but not an officer) of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity unsuccessfully tried to compel a new member to write an essay of an anti-Semitic nature. Investigation Summary: No additional investigation occurred. The individual was found responsible for hazing. Penalties Imposed: Help to develop a hazing prevention program for the community. Write an apology letter to Alpha Chi Rho for engaging in the behavior.

Date of resolution: March 15th, 2018

Case 2017014201

Classification: Charged - Not Responsible

Subject: Alpha Tau Omega

Date of charge: October 18th, 2017

Policy violation description: A fanny pack belonging to a new member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was found containing items that would be consistent with a pledge pack (items organizations require new members to have on them at all times, typically in a fanny pack). Ultimately the College discovered that the theme of the fraternity’s social event the night before had been rave which was consistent with the design of the fanny pack and some of its contents. Investigation Summary: The new member was interviewed. The organization was found not responsible for hazing. Penalties Imposed: N/A.

Date of resolution: October 24th, 2017

Case 1980133901

Classification: Charged - Responsible

Subject: Phi Gamma Delta

Date of charge: December 11th, 2015

Policy violation description: During the fall semester of 2015 new members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity were compelled to: abide by dress regulations; clean the fraternity house; and be at the facility early each morning to raise the fraternity flag. Investigation Summary: The new members and chapter leadership were interviewed. The organization was found responsible for violating the College’s Antihazing policy. Penalties Imposed: Educational sanctions, restrictions on the length of their new member education program, communication to parents during every recruitment process.

Hazing Violations of State Law

Spring 2015 – Spring 2020

State Law Definitions

A person commits the offense of hazing if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, for the purpose of initiating, admitting or affiliating a minor or student into or with an organization, or for the purpose of continuing or enhancing a minor or student’s membership or status in an organization, causes, coerces or forces a minor or student to do any of the following:

  • Violate federal or state criminal law;
  • Consume any food, liquid. Alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the minor or student to a risk of emotional or physical harm;
  • Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements;
  • Endure brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
  • Endure brutality of a sexual nature; or
  • Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the minor or student.

Organizational Hazing - an organization commits hazing when the organization intentionally, knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilitates a violation of law as outlined above.

Aggravated Hazing – a Violation of Law that results in serious bodily injury of death to a minor or student.

Case 2018012001

Classification: Charged - Responsible

Subject: Lambda Chi Alpha

Date of charge: November 15, 2018

Description: Violation Description: During the fall semester of 2018 the new members of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity were compelled to: wear costumes of an embarrassing nature; sleep in the chapter facility; and participate in a run around the battlefield. Investigation Summary: The College initiated investigative interviews and determined the organization was responsible for low level hazing and violating the Recruitment & New Member Education Policy. Penalties Imposed: Social probation for nine weeks; Loss of recruiting privileges until the completion on all educational sanctions; Educational programming.

Date of resolution: December 4, 2018

Case 2016036901, 2016036902, 2016036903

Classification: Charged - Responsible

Subject: Phi Delta Theta and two fourth year male students

Date of charge: November 14, 2016

Description: Violation Description: During the fall semester of 2016 the new members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity were compelled to: sleep in the house; consume food products, and liquids (milk and vinegar); and engage in forced calisthenics. Investigation Summary: The College initiated a preliminary and follow-up investigation interviewing all new members of the chapter. The organization and individuals were found responsible for hazing. Penalties Imposed: Organization: Indefinite loss of social host privileges; New member education restrictions; Walk-throughs of the facility by the Department of Public Safety; Educational programming; Revision of the chapter behavioral agreement; Review and revision of internal accountability processes and member expectations; The development of a 3-5 year improvement plan. Individuals: Conduct probation for one year; Meeting with Counseling Services.

Date of resolution: December 12, 2016


Classification: Charged - Responsible

Subject: Phi Gamma Delta

Date of charge: August 25, 2015

Description: Violation Description: The College discovered a planner that documented hazing activities that occurred in the fall semester of 2013. The activities included: line ups; wall sits; and assigned costumes. Investigation Summary: No additional investigation was necessary. The organization was found responsible for hazing based on the original findings. Penalties Imposed:; Creation of a behavioral agreement; Conduct probation for two years; Loss of social host privileges for six weeks

Date of resolution: August 25, 2015