Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention
The Presidential Task Force on Student Activities and Safety was convened during the 2019-20 academic year to facilitate an environmental scan, review educational programming, and review policy violations related to risk behaviors, including hazing. As part of their final report, the Presidential Task Force for Student Activities and Safety recommended the establishment of the Hazing Prevention Task Force at San Diego State University. SDSU President Adela de la Torre accepted the recommendation, and the Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention was convened in fall 2020.
The Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention is charged with developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive strategy to address hazing at SDSU. The task force will consider policy, research, prevention, education, and environmental factors when building priorities and reviewing initiatives.
Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year, the Hazing Prevention Task Force will publish an annual report that includes information on prevention, education, and adjudication efforts related to hazing behaviors at SDSU.
Purpose and Activities
The Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention is charged with facilitating a series of activities. Activities may include, but are in no ways limited to, the following:
- Facilitate annual review of hazing prevention strategies and incidents to identify gaps and needs.
- Inventory, document and communicate cross-campus prevention and education efforts.
- Review, compile and publish cross-campus anti-hazing policies.
- Establish a campus protocol for when reports of hazing are received.
- Engage in continuing education and encourage campus stakeholders to participate in professional development opportunities centered on hazing.
Updated June 28, 2021
To date, the following policies have been introduced, and other efforts have been initiated:
- Establishment of the Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention
- The Good Samaritan Policy has been implemented for Recognized Student Organizations
- The Amnesty Policy has been implemented for individual students
- Expansion of the Organizational Policy and Misconduct Website
- Fraternities and sororities are now required to submit plans for their New Member Education process to Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life staff
- The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life had hired a Director and Student Life Advisor to increase staff support
In addition to these efforts, others are in progress to include the implementation of the Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey, and the upcoming Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) Scorecard Expansion, and the selection of additional committee members for the Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention.
The Presidential Task Force on Hazing Prevention is a multi-discipline, cross-campus body composed of students, staff, administrators and alumni. Additional members will be added at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.
Dr. Lee Mintz
Director, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities Co-Chair
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Life, Office of the Dean of Students Co-Chair
- Aaron Brown, Health Educator, Well-being & Health Promotion
- Dr. Todd Carson, Counselor, Counseling & Psychological Services
- Matthew Garcia, Assistant Director, Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Todd Kennedy, Director, Military and Veterans Programs
- Andréa Parashos, Title IX and Student Conduct Investigator, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Bobby Smitheran, Executive Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services
- Dr. Randy Timm, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
- Mark Zakrzewski, Director, Aztec Recreation
- Vacant, Student Representatives
- Vacant, Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisors
- Vacant, University Senate Representative
- Vacant, University Police Department Representative
Hazing is defined as any method of indoctrination, initiation, or pre-initiation into a student organization, or any other organization-related activity, which, regardless of location, intent, membership status or rank of the participants, or the express or implied consent of the participants, causes, or is reasonably likely to cause, physical or mental injury, substantial mental or physical discomfort or stress, personal degradation, harassment or intimidation of or to any former, current, or prospective student of any educational institution.