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What is hazing?

Hazing is defined as any group or individual action or activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety or which may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participant(s). Although hazing is generally related to a person’s initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any group or organization, it is not necessary that a person’s initiation or continued membership is contingent upon participation in the activity, or that the activity was sanctioned or approved by the organization, for a charge of hazing to be upheld. The actions of active, associate, new, and/or prospective members of an organization may be considered hazing.

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Actions of hazing include but are not limited to:

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  • Being forced or coerced to wear odd items of clothing including dressing out of character (bright hats, fanny packs, etc.)
  • Being forced or encouraged to miss class for organization-related obligations (setting up tailgates, etc.)
  • Being forced to carry unnecessary objects at all times
  • Being forced or coerced to drive/designated drive
  • Withholding initiation dates (i.e. “I don’t know when I’m being initiated.”)
  • Silence during class (i.e. not being allowed to speak to others)
  • Acts of personal servitude
  • Unreasonable interference with a student’s academic performance
  • Forced or coerced consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, or any other substance
  • Forced or coerced exclusion from social contact
  • Branding
  • Creation of unnecessary fatigue (including but not limited to acts that stem from forced physical activity, such as calisthenics or deprivation of sleep)
  • Deprivation of food
  • Beating, whipping, or paddling in any form
  • Line-ups and berating
  • Physical and/or psychological shock
  • Kidnapping or abandonment
  • Any activity that would be viewed by a reasonable person as subjecting any person to embarrassment, degradation or humiliation
  • Expectation of participation in activities that are unlawful, lewd or violation of University policy

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