Anti-Hazing Policy

Anti-Hazing Policy

The Diocese of Allentown prohibits any form of hazing of or by employees, 
volunteers or students.

Hazing is defined as:  “Any action or situation which recklessly or 
intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, 
or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the 
purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a 
condition for continued membership in, any organization.  The term shall 
include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as 
whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, 
forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any 
other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical 
health and safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which 
would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep 
deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which 
could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which 
could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or 
any willful destruction or removal of public or private property.  For 
purposes of this definition, any activity as described in this definition 
upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued 
membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be 
presumed to be “forced” activity, the willingness of an individual to 
participate in such activity notwithstanding”.  (PA Act 2016-31)

Any student who experiences some form of hazing or staff member who becomes 
aware of hazing should report it to the school administration.  Any staff 
member who permits or encourages hazing will face disciplinary action, 
including possible dismissal.  Any student who engages in hazing is subject 
to discipline, up to and including expulsion, depending on the seriousness 
of the offensive conduct.  Every elementary and secondary school shall 
promulgate this policy to parents and provide a copy to all athletic coaches 
and moderators of activities in accordance with Pennsylvania state law.

Superintendent’s Regulation - Adopted:  August 1, 2016 

Saint Francis Academy 668 Pine Street -- Bally, PA 19503 610-845-7364
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 10, 2017