Hazing in general is discussed in a Wikipedia article relating to fraternities and sororities. The New Jersey Criminal Code statute that defines hazing is N.J.S. 2C:40-3. Under the New Jersey statute, hazing relates to activities in connection with initiation of applicants to, or members of, a student or fraternal organization. The specific activities that constitute hazing are those that place, or may place, another person in danger of bodily injury. The definition specifically excludes competitive athletic events. It is unlawful to promote, facilitate, or engage in hazing.
Hazing that actually results in serious bodily injury to someone else is called “aggravated hazing.” Aggravated hazing is a fourth degree crime. Hazing that is not aggravated hazing is a disorderly persons offense.
Allan Marain and Norman Epting, Jr. are New Jersey hazing lawyers. They have been representing persons charged with New Jersey crimes and disorderly persons offenses for a combined total that exceeds sixty-five years. They are available to review hazing charges against you or someone you love, in a confidential one on one no-cost office conference. If you have been charged with hazing, call them. They can help.