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Hazing Education Initiative

at Florida State University

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Test Your Knowledge

How much do you know about hazing? Test your knowledge about hazing laws in the
State of Florida and expectations of students at Florida State University

True or False

  1. Students at Florida State University are expected to act in accordance with State and federal laws and the University’s Student Conduct Code.


  2. It is not considered hazing in Florida if a prospective/new member willingly participates in an activity and signs a waiver of liability stating this fact.


  3. If I anonymously report that hazing is occurring, the University may not be able to take action.


  4. The Chad Meredith Act, Florida's hazing law, was passed by the Florida legislature in 2005 after a tragic incident in 2001. The organization Chad Meredith was joining held no activities on the evening of the incident, yet the organization was found responsible for hazing and ordered to pay more than $10 million to his family.


  5. It is difficult to instill a sense of membership within a group without hazing.


  6. It cannot be considered hazing if an organization's leaders are not informed about, or involved in, a hazing activity that a small group of members organize.


Multiple Choice

  1. According to State law and University policy, which of the following would not be considered hazing?

  2. What can happen at Florida State University if an allegation of hazing is made?

  3. In the State of Florida, when an activity furthers a legal and legitimate objective it is not considered hazing. Which of the following would not be considered hazing?

  4. In which of the following venues can hazing occur?

  5. Which of the following is an acceptable defense against a charge of hazing?

  6. If someone is found responsible for hazing in a court of law, what is a possible criminal offense?

  7. Possible outcomes or sanctions of the University's conduct process for hazing are:

  8. Florida law specifically states that an act of hazing will be considered a first degree misdemeanor if:

  9. Florida law specifically states that an act of hazing will be considered a third degree felony if:

  10. According to the Student Conduct Code, victims of hazing are afforded specific rights in the University’s judicial process. These are:

  11. If I am concerned that I, or someone I care about, is being hazed by an organization I should contact:

This exercise was prepared for you by the Hazing Education Initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Questions about the content of this exercise should be sent to the Dean of Students department at (850) 644–2428. Revised, Fall, 2015