Hazing is a serious infraction of university regulations. The potential for hazing typically arises as part of a student’s introduction to or initiation in a student group (fraternity, sorority, athletic team, or other group) in which there is often a perceived or real power differential between members of the student group and those newly joining it.
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off university premises, that is harmful or potentially harmful to an individual’s physical, emotional, or psychological well- being, regardless of an individual’s willingness to participate or its bearing on the individual’s membership status. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to: calisthenics; pledge/signature books; personal servitude; sleep deprivation or interruption of consecutive sleep hours; acts that disrupt academic instruction or learning of others; expected or forced consumption of food, drink (including alcohol), or other substance; branding; and paddling in any form.
Any student and/or student group found responsible for hazing will be subject to sanctions outlined in the disciplinary process, including, but not limited to: disciplinary probation, restrictions on member recruitment and/or student group activity, removal of the student from the student group, loss of housing privileges, de-recognition, suspension, and/or expulsion. Sanctioning will increase with the level of violation and any previous hazing violations. (Levels of violation listed above are guidelines only and may change given particular circumstances of a violation.) Students should also be aware that hazing is a misdemeanor under North Carolina state law.
REPORTING CONCERNING ACTIVITIES
Acts or potential acts of hazing may be reported to OSCCS (919-684-6938 and/or studentaffairs.duke.edu/conduct/report-incident) or Duke Police (911 or 919-684-2444). In addition, concerns may be reported anonymously via voicemail to the university’s Hazing Hotline at 919-684-5766. Maintaining the anonymity of the source is possible, but may limit the extent of action that can be taken