what if he didn't die but was still injured? Are there laws against hazing? - Pink Heard Chainsaw
It sort of depends on what they were doing - AFAIK, most of the "common" hazing activities would fall under one criminal statute or another: assault, theft, kidnapping, indecent exposure; though to be fair some of those would be aimed at the hazees instead of the hazers. Some of it is mostly harmless, like making the freshmen run across campus in their underwear; some of it is dangerous and potentially deadly, like beatings or duct taping someone to a wall. The dangerous stuff is why hazing is now one of the things the military prosecutes people for.
why should one have to join a special group of people? University is for education, not for being a dick... - Inhopelessguy
Well, yes, that's sort of the point - you don't have
to join their special group, but if you want
to be part of the clique
elite, then you've got to pass their tests. Psychologically, it can bring the group closer together, since they've all been through the same (or at least similar) initiation behaviors, but the military bans it because it's not worth the injuries/deaths that accompany it. As for being a dick, well, that's sort of humanity's specialty.
What I'm kind of baffled by, aside from why this even occurs to begin with, is why people kind of take it if hazing involves a beating. - Mark the Shark
One hazing thing that was really, really big in the Navy*
before was "tacking on" of your new rank - essentially, when you got a promotion, everyone of your new rank or higher who saw you at/after the ceremony, would punch you in the arm/collarbone on top of your new rank badge. It's not getting a beating, so much, because nobody's supposed to hit you more than once, but I've heard some of the saltier-than-I sailors talk about having their whole arm bruised from shoulder to elbow from it.