Zero-Tolerance Hazing Challenge from 63rd Grand Consul Lee Beauchamp

On Jan. 31, 2005, Grand Consul Lee Beauchamp, Texas A&M-College Station 1975, introduced Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Zero-Tolerance policy regarding hazing. The follow are some excerpts from his address:

“Hazing” constitutes any intentional knowing, or reckless act,

Does Your Chapter Haze?

Check the items you would label as hazing activities:

  • Requiring new members to wear specific clothing.

  • Forced calisthenics, e.g. sit-ups and push-ups, and purposeless runs for the sake of creating "unity."

  • Using obscenities, yelling, or screaming at pledges.

Hazing and the Law

Not only is hazing against Sigma Chi policy, 44 states have anti-hazing laws on the books. 

Here are a few examples of the laws in various States:

Bid Night, Brain Injuries, and Hazing Allegations: Joe S. v. SC Fraternity, et al.

Case study based on an actual Sigma Chi lawsuit, illustrating the potential impact of legal action against the chapter and its executive officers. In this case study, find the known facts and the sordid speculation that cost the chapter several years of depositions and other legal obligations, while costing the RMF program more than $100,000. Legal analysis from RMF defense counsel included.

RMF Insurance Program Hazing Exclusion

Many of you are aware that hazing is not covered under the Risk Management Foundation insurance policy. Specifically, the policy states:

It is hereby understood and agreed that this insurance does not apply to BODILY INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE and/or PERSONAL INJURY arising directly or indirectly out of HAZING.