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    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) "Hazing" means committing an act against a student, or
coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person in
order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization.
(b) "Student organization" means a group, club, or organization having students as its
primary members or participants.
    Subd. 2. Model policy. The commissioner of education shall maintain and make available
to school boards a model policy on student or staff hazing that addresses the requirements of
subdivision 3.
    Subd. 3. School board policy. Each school board shall adopt a written policy governing
student or staff hazing. The policy must apply to student behavior that occurs on or off school
property and during and after school hours. The policy must include reporting procedures and
disciplinary consequences for violating the policy. Disciplinary consequences must be sufficiently
severe to deter violations and appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. Disciplinary
consequences must conform with sections 121A.41 to 121A.56. Each school must include the
policy in the student handbook on school policies.
History: 1Sp1997 c 4 art 7 s 35; 1998 c 397 art 9 s 26; art 11 s 3; 2003 c 130 s 12