Registered student clubs and organizations exist at the College under the assumption that their activities and programs contribute to the educational, civic and social development of the students involved. Therefore, a student club or organization that engages in hazing is contrary and detrimental to the purpose of the College, the education and personal development of its students, and thus, has no place within the College and is strictly prohibited.


This policy applies to the entire College community and 3rd parties.


Hazing is defined as a reckless or intentional act that is an explicit or implicit condition for initiation to, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in a group or organization. This includes any activity, whether it is presented as optional or required, that places a new member in a position of servitude as a condition of membership.

Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; and/or which demeans, degrades, or disgraces any person regardless of locations, intent or consent of participants.

Hazing includes any mental or physical requirement, request or obligation placed upon any person (pledge, new member, associate member, member, affiliate, guest) which could cause discomfort, pain, fright, disgrace, humiliation, embarrassment, injury or which is personally degrading or which violates any federal, state, local statute or college policy or rule. Any activity described in this definition upon which the initiation, or admission into, or affiliation with, or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditional, shall be presumed to be "forced" activity.

Administrative Rules


The above policy and associated rules, processes and procedures applies to conduct that occurs on College premises or at College-sponsored or College-related activities or service functions on or off College premises or at non-College activities on or off College premises that adversely affects the College and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

Advisor, Officer and Member Responsibilities
  1. It is the responsibility of each student club or organization, its advisors, officers and members to be aware of and comply with all College policies, rules and procedures.
  2. Any advisor, officer or member of a student club or organization who witnesses or becomes aware of hazing activities has a responsibility to report and disclose the factual and descriptive information including, but not limited to, identity of persons involved, dates, times, actions taken if any and other relevant information to the College’s administration and/or the individuals listed below under, “Reporting Hazing.”
  3. The officers and advisor(s) or a student club or organization are responsible for informing its members (pledges, new members, associate members, affiliates, guests) of this policy. This policy will be read by the president or designee at the first meeting of the student club or organization each academic term.
  4. All student clubs and organizations that require an initiation process for membership must complete a “Hazing Policy Acknowledgement” form. Such form can be obtained from the Office of Student Services and must be submitted during the first week of the academic term to the Office of Student Services to certify acknowledgement of and compliance with this policy.
  5. All student clubs and organizations that require an initiation process for membership must complete and submit a “Members’ Information” form to the Office of Student Services 30 days prior to start of each academic term. The Office of Student Services is to be promptly notified, in writing, of any changes in membership information. Membership information is to be accurate and current at all times.
  6. The president or designee must be in attendance at all new member functions.
  7. The advisor or designee must be in attendance at all new member functions.
  8. The president and advisor must approve all activities planned for new members.
Prohibited Activities

Conduct and activities which are explicitly prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:
Forcing, requiring or endorsing new members/associate members to consume alcohol or any other substance and/or providing such alcohol or other substance:

  1. The unauthorized or illegal use of alcohol in any form or quantity during any new member activity;
  2. Calisthenics (sit-ups, push-ups and runs);
  3. Branding and tattooing;
  4. Pushing, shoving, punching, whipping, beating, tackling or any other physical abuse;
  5. Unauthorized line-ups of any nature;
  6. Throwing anything (garbage, water, paint, etc.) at an individual;
  7. Any form of abuse (paddling, physical abuse, psychological abuse, deception or shocks);
  8. Requiring individuals to walk or march in formation of any kind;
  9. Publicly wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste (uniforms, head apparel, boots/shoes, etc.);
  10. Not permitting individuals to speak for extended periods of time and/or forced exclusion from social contact;
  11. Preventing any person from practicing personal hygiene;
  12. Any activity which interferes with an individuals educational pursuits (class attendance, preparation, study time, etc.);
  13. Forced consumption of food or other substances;
  14. Theft, defacement or destruction of private or public property;
  15. Conducting unauthorized scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, quests, road trips, paddle hunts, big brother/little brother hunts, big sister/little sister hunts;
  16. Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, public displays or greetings;
  17. Servitude of any nature (food runs, personal errands, academic work, etc.);
  18. Permitting less than six consecutive hours of sleep each night;
  19. Conducting a new member related activity between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m. or awakening individuals during these hours;
  20. Nudity or exposure to the elements at any time;
  21. Yelling, screaming or calling individuals demeaning names;
  22. Engaging in unauthorized activities which involve compelling an individual or group of individuals to remain at a certain location or transporting anyone anywhere (road trips, kidnaps, sneaks, drops, etc.);
  23. Assigning or endorsing "pranks" (stealing composites, trophies, mascots, etc.);
  24. Conducting activities which do not allow adequate time for study during pre-initiation or initiation periods;
  25. Conducting activities designed to deceive or convince new members that he/she will not be initiated or will be hurt;
  26. Carrying of any items (paddles, bricks, rocks, pocket change, dog collars, signature books, etc.);
  27. Forcing, requiring or endorsing new members/associate members to violate any college policy or rule or any local, state or federal law.

In all cases of alleged violations of this policy, alumni and national/international headquarters of the organization may be notified.

Consent Not a Defense

Consent to hazing is never a defense to a violation of this policy.

Disciplinary Action

Students and/or Student Organizations

Violations of this policy may result in the filing of a charge of misconduct under the Student Code of Ethics as described in the Student Handbook. Any member of the College community may file charges against any student organization or club, its student officers and student members who may be found collectively and/or individually responsible for misconduct when such misconduct is authorized, encouraged, directed, tolerated, supported by or committed on behalf of the organization or club.

Any student organization found to be in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action including suspension or permanent loss of recognition as a student organization as set forth in the Student Code of Ethics as published in the Student Handbook.

Sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal from the College may be imposed upon students found to have violated the Student Code of Ethics. The Student Code of Ethics may be found in its entirety in the Student Handbook.


Employees involved in alleged acts of hazing and/or who knew of or should have known of these activities may also face disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Essential Elements Applicable to all Institutional Policies


It is the responsibility of all employees and students to know and comply with this policy and all applicable laws and public ordinances. Further, employees and students are expected to review the proscribed conduct set forth in this policy, as well as, any associated division or department-specific procedures that describe policy implementation practices to ensure a clear understanding of the College’s expectations.

Disciplinary Action

Violent behavior is considered serious misconduct. Employees or students found to have conducted themselves in a manner prohibited by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or dismissal as a student.

Reporting Noncompliance

Filing a Report

Employees And Students

Employees, students or any other member of the College community should report allegations of noncompliance with this policy to the Office of Institutional Compliance and Quality Assurance through one of the designated individuals named below.

College Officials

Supervisors, administrators or any other College officials who witness; are directly advised of; or become aware of allegations of noncompliance with this policy are to immediately advise one of the designated individuals named below.

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Earlye Adams Julien, PHR, M.S. Ed., CQIA
Senior Director for Institutional Compliance & Organizational Development
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
phone: (563) 884-5476

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Lori Larsen, B.A., Lead Coordinator
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Adjudication
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5214
(563) 884-5246 or (800) 722-2586

Palmer College of Chiropractic
William DuMonthier, D.C., Dean of Student Academic Affairs
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
Office of Student Academic Affairs
90 E. Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-1617
(408) 944-6062

Palmer College of Chiropractic
Cheryl Shaw, B.S., Human Resources Manager
Also Serving as Compliance Coordinator
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153
(386) 763-2665


The College shall maintain the confidentiality of the information they receive, except where disclosure is required by law, policy or is necessary to facilitate legitimate College processes, including the investigation and resolution of allegations.

The identity of participants in an investigation shall be maintained in confidence subject to the same limitations above.

Individuals who have reported questionable behavior or who have initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available are advised their identity may be known for reasons beyond the control of college officials or investigators.


Because of the inherent difficulty in investigating and resolving allegations from unidentified persons, the College discourages individuals from making anonymous reports of improper conduct. However, should the College receive an anonymous report, such report will be reviewed to determine the appropriateness and/or feasibility of a response.


The College strictly prohibits retaliation or reprisal of any kind against an individual who has reported questionable behavior or who has initiated or participated in the complaint procedures available. Allegations of retaliation shall constitute separate grounds upon which a complaint may be raised under this policy.

Reporting False Claims

Any individual who makes a claim under this policy in bad faith, or knows or has reason to know that such claim is false or materially inaccurate, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


The College may determine an allegation of noncompliance with this policy requires an investigation. No one other than the appointed investigator will be allowed to conduct an investigation on behalf of the College. The College may impose any appropriate measures on an interim basis where there is a reasonable cause to believe that such action is needed for the health, safety or welfare of members of the College community or to avoid disruption to the work/educational environment including student suspension or employee administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Violation of Law and College Policies

Noncompliance with the College’s policies includes any behaviors covered under applicable laws. Individuals engaging in illegal activities may subject themselves to criminal penalties under the law.

Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against an individual that potentially violates both the criminal law and the College’s policies (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following a civil or criminal proceeding at the discretion of the Chief of Compliance or designee. Determinations made or disciplinary actions imposed under this policy shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of the College’s policies were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

When a student or employee is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student or employee with the College. If the alleged offense is also being processed under College policy, the College may advise legal authorities of the existence of the College’s policies and how such matters are typically handled within the College community.

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