SCHS Student Handbook

Fraternities and Sororities

Since these organizations are not allowed in any Springfield public high school by vote of the School Committee, no part of the pledging or initiation or any of the activities of such clubs may properly take place in or around the school.

Hazing

A law prohibiting hazing, (Chapter 269, Sections 17-19), was enacted in 1985, and amended in 1988 by the General Court. The law requires that each student be informed of its content and intent.

Chapter 269, Sections 17-19

Section 17

Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or by both fine and imprisonment. The term "hazing" as used in this section and sections 18 and 19 shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to affect adversely the physical health or safety of any student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.

Section 18

Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section 17 and is at the scene of such a crime shall, to the extent that such a person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.

Section 19

Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post-secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team, or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team, or student organization, a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18; provided, however, that an institution compliance with this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections 17 and 18 to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams, or organizations.

Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18 to each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team, or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institutions an attested acknowledgment stating that such group, team, or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections 17 and 18, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections 17 and 18.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who is enrolled as a full time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18.

Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall file, at least annually a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the Board of Education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams and organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections 17 and 18 and also certifying and said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution's policies to its students.

The Board of Regents and, in the case of secondary institutions, the Board of Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the Attorney General any such institution which fails to make such report.

Graffiti

A summary of the statewide anti-graffiti legislation of 1994 (Chapter 266, Section 71) follows:

  1. Police arrest without warrant with probable cause
  2. State prison not more than 3 years
  3. Or House of Correction not more than 2 years
  4. Fine not mroe than $1,500 or not more than three times the value of the property marked
  5. One year suspension of driver's liscence or one year addition to the minimum age eligibility for driving

Any Springfield Central High School student found defacing school property will be prosecuted.


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