Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-42-2-2.5

Sec. 2.5 . (a) As used in this section, “hazing” means forcing or requiring another person:

(1) with or without the consent of the other person;  and

(2) as a condition of association with a group or organization;

to perform an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury.

(b) A person who knowingly or intentionally performs hazing commits a Class B misdemeanor.  However, the offense is a Level 6 felony if it results in serious bodily injury to another person, and a Level 5 felony if it is committed by means of a deadly weapon.

(c) A person, other than a person who has committed an offense under this section or a delinquent act that would be an offense under this section if the violator were an adult, who:

(1) makes a report of hazing in good faith;

(2) participates in good faith in a judicial proceeding resulting from a report of hazing;

(3) employs a reporting or participating person described in subdivision (1) or (2);  or

(4) supervises a reporting or participating person described in subdivision (1) or (2);

is not liable for civil damages or criminal penalties that might otherwise be imposed because of the report or participation.

(d) A person described in subsection (c)(1) or (c)(2) is presumed to act in good faith.

(e) A person described in subsection (c)(1) or (c)(2) may not be treated as acting in bad faith solely because the person did not have probable cause to believe that a person committed:

(1) an offense under this section;  or

(2) a delinquent act that would be an offense under this section if the offender were an adult.


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