Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook 40 university; and behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. It also includes any conduct (words or acts) in which the university can determine a threat exists to the educational process or to the health or safety of a member of the NSU community. B.21 Hate-Based Conduct Violations Any code of student conduct violation that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim may be considered a hate-based conduct violation. The categories of bias include any actual or perceived identity protection under NSU’s Nondiscrimination Policy as well as ethnicity and homeless status. Any student found to have committed a hate-based conduct violation may be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including, dismissal from NSU. B.22 Hazing Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law; any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, or exposure to the elements; forced consumptions of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student; and any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers legal and legitimate objective (Florida Hazing Law, 1006.63). Engaging in, supporting, promoting, or sponsoring hazing or violating university rules governing hazing is prohibited. B.23 Health and Safety NSU recognizes that certain life-threatening behavior (e.g., suicide threats, gestures, or attempts; eating disorders; substance abuse; threats, gestures, or attempts to harm others) is a sign of personal distress. The university is committed to helping students alleviate whatever stress factors are precipitating lifethreatening behavior by providing support and/or referral through use of appropriate resources. However, since it is critically important to maintain civility and respect for all members of the university community, it is recognized that action must be taken when such behavior is considered by the university to be disruptive to and unacceptable in the academic and social/living environment. The determination of a student’s participation and progress is to be made by the Student Behavioral Concerns Committee. NSU reserves the right to place conditions upon—or require the withdrawal of—a student from enrollment, university housing, or participation in any program, service, or activity offered by NSU, or to prohibit the student’s physical presence on university campuses and properties when the student’s continuation or presence therein, in the university’s judgment, is detrimental to the health or safety of the student or others. Policies and procedures associated with the Student Behavioral Concerns Committee can be found on the NSU Student Conduct website at nova.edu/studentconduct/Student%20Behavioral%20Concerns%20 Committee%20Policies.html. Concerns about the well-being of a student can be reported at nova.edu /studentconduct/report-a-concern.html.