Dal implements standalone hazing policy

June 11, 2014

Dalhousie University’s Senate has approved a hazing policy, 18 months after the institution suspended all non-rookies on its women’s hockey team following an incident at a house party. The new policy will allow the university to deal with minor situations immediately; for instance, if an incident is considered “quite minor” a coach may deal with it on the scene. Major incidents, however, will be investigated by a committee with the power to recommend responses ranging from informal restorative procedures to suspensions. Severe infractions would be referred to the VP Student Affairs for a final decision. “It’s basically to effectively address harmful behaviour,” said Zane Robinson, Dal’s Executive Director of Student Life. He added, “it’s not very often that universities have a policy just for something of the nature of hazing. But when you have a standalone policy like that it represents our commitment to stop this type of behaviour.” Hazing rituals have made headlines at several Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta, Ryerson University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Chronicle-Herald