South Carolina Hazing Law

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA HAZING LAW

§ 59-101-200. Hazing prohibited; penalties.
(A) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Student” means a person enrolled in a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning.
(2) “Superior student” means a student who has attended a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning longer than another student or who has an official position giving authority over another student.
(3) “Subordinate student” means a person who attends a state university, college, or other public institution of higher learning who is not defined as a “superior student” in subitem (2).
(4) “Hazing” means the wrongful striking, laying open hand upon, threatening with violence, or offering to do bodily harm by a superior student to a subordinate student with intent to punish or injure the subordinate student, or other unauthorized treatment by the superior student of a subordinate student of a tyrannical, abusive, shameful, insulting, or humiliating nature.

(B) Hazing at all state supported universities, colleges, and public institutions of higher learning is prohibited. When an investigation has disclosed substantial evidence that a student has committed an act or acts of hazing, the student may be dismissed, expelled, suspended, or punished as the president considers appropriate.

(C) The provisions of this section are in addition to the provisions of Article 6, Chapter 3 of Title 16.

(D) The provisions of Section 30-4-40(a)(2) and 30-4-70(a)(1) continue to apply to hazing incidents.