Dean of Students

Hazing

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 an organization (fraternity, sorority, athletic team, or other group) in which there is often a perceived or real power differential between members of the organization and those newly joining it.

Hazing Defined

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 it’s bearing on his/her membership status. Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to:

Level I Violations

  • Marching in line
  • Road trips
  • Wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, and/or inappropriate for the time of year
  • Calisthenics
  • Line-ups
  • Pledge/signature books
  • Periods of silence
  • Standing for a length of time
  • Personal servitude
  • Activities that would not normally construe hazing but because of time, place, or manner make them inappropriate

Level II Violations

  • Sleep deprivation or interruption of consecutive sleep hours
  • Expected or forced consumption of food, drink (including alcohol), or other substance
  • Acts of humiliation or degradation (including streaking or wearing degrading or humiliating apparel)
  • Restrictions on eating or bathing
  • Acts that disrupt academic instruction or learning of others
  • Interruption or interference of academic commitments

Level III Violations

  • Branding
  • Paddling in any form
  • Compromising (sexual) situations