Hazing prevention policy, other regulations released

As part of a group of regulations announced at the end of May, UK’s new policy on hazing prevention has gone into effect.

The policy aims at encompassing all UK groups, organizations, teams and individuals, said incoming Student Government President Micah Fielden in November, when the policy was in drafting stages.

The UK Anti-Hazing Coalition drafted the policy, and it was sent to administrative bodies like the Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees for approval.

The policy describes hazing as “any action or situation created by a member of the University Community” that is “negligent or reckless in nature,” “humiliating or endangers an individual” or interferes with academics or employment.

A list outlining actions and situations that may constitute hazing is included in the policy, as well as guidelines about what to do if hazing is suspected.

This is a new regulation, not a revision of an older one.

The old policy didn’t include rights of students and protections for students, Todd Cox, assistant director in the Center for Student Involvement and member of the coalition, said in November. He said the new definition makes it clear what constitutes hazing and what does not.

Governing regulations for the Board of Trustees — including the new process by which members of the university community can address the board — were also released at this time.

Those wishing to go before the board must submit a written petition to the chair of the board at least two business days before a scheduled meeting. Petitions are available in the Office of the President or online at www.uky.edu/Trustees/petition.htm. The chair will approve the petition or refer it to an appropriate committee of the board.

Other new regulations include policies pertaining to registration of student organizations, the establishment of a sustainability advisory committee and social media policies and guidelines for UK employees.

View a PDF of the hazing prevention policy.