Carnegie Mellon University

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Student Handbook


Students have a right to be treated with respect and dignity by and among their peers. Hazing is inconsistent with Carnegie Mellon University’s values and is strictly prohibited. Consistent with Pennsylvania law, the university defines hazing as any action or situation on or off campus that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized by the university. Any such activity shall be presumed to be forced regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate.

Students and/or recognized student organizations accused of hazing will be subject to investigation and review through our community standards process, which could result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the university for students and loss of recognition for student organizations.

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