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Virginia Hazing Law

18.2-56. Hazing unlawful; civil and criminal liability; duty of school, etc., officials; penalty.
It shall be unlawful to haze so as to cause bodily injury, any student at any school or institution of higher education.

Any person found guilty thereof shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Any person receiving bodily injury by hazing shall have a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty thereof, whether adults or infants.

For the purposes of this section, "hazing" means to recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict bodily injury on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the relevant activity.

Article 4. Campus Safety; Hazing:

  • 23.1-819 Definitions
  • 23.1-820 Hazing prevention training; current members, new members, potential new members, and advisors
  • 23.1-821 Hazing; disciplinary immunity for certain individuals who make reports; requirement to investigate
  • 23.1-822 Institution reports of hazing violations