The ZYFA opposes all forms of hazing which degrades the values of the association and community. Hazing damages the self-esteem, endangers a person’s safety and is a crime. The ZYFA takes a strong position against any and all kinds of hazing. Any person(s) violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
A person is guilty of hazing, a crime in the fourth degree, if, in connection with initiation of applicants to, or members of a student organization, he/she knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates, or engages in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events under the direction of authorized personnel for the purposes associated with team or individual sports, which places or may place another person in danger of bodily injury or which may adversely affect another person’s mental health or dignity. Adverse affects may include, but are not limited to: producing mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, or demeaning a person.
A person is guilty of aggravated hazing, a crime of the third degree, if he/she commits an act which results in serious bodily injury to another person.
A person commits a disorderly persons offense if the person knowingly fails to report the planning of a specific hazing incident or knowingly fails to report that a specific hazing incident has occurred to appropriate officials within an educational institution.
To maximize safety, all reports of hazing should be directed to the Mahtomedi Schools and the Washington County Sheriffs Department.
Community Ed Director at Community Education 651-407-2037
Police: 911 or 651-439-9381