Involvement in student organizations is a wonderful way to build leadership skills and to gain useful out of the classroom experiences such as teamwork, communication skills and risk management. As an officer in a student organization, you need to know about risk management. If there is one aspect of student organization practices and activities that is often overlooked or not given enough attention it is risk management. The reality is that student organizations, their leaders, their advisors, and even individual members can find themselves involved in lawsuits for failing to reduce risky behavior or taking reasonable precautions to ensure health and safety. Good risk management can help you design experiences that are developmental, educational, safe, and successful. Hazing is a real risk management issue.  Request a presentation/training on risk management, hazing prevention, or other topics. 

Organizations at KU

Greek Letter Organizations

Every Greek letter organization prohibits hazing and every national chapter has information on their website regarding hazing. Every professional organization that supports or advocates for fraternities and sororities prohibits hazing. Yet, hazing persists as a challenge for many Greek letter organizations.

Members of the Greek community are expected to learn, value, and integrate the activities and rituals that are unique to their organizations into their lives. As a new member or initiated member, you may feel both personal and social pressure to earn or prove your membership, which may result in participating in or agreeing to perform actions that would be considered hazing.

New members desire many things from the fraternity. They expect these things when they become full members, and they expect them during their education period. They want:

  • To make friends
  • To have a positive experience with their organization
  • To learn about the organization
  • To feel wanted and needed
  • To be informed as to what the chapter expects from them
  • To join an organization, not a disorganization
  • To be respected as individuals and members
  • To be helped in adjusting to campus life, college classes, and chapter responsibilities
  • To have fair treatment and not be subservient to initiated members
  • To do only the work that initiated members do
  • To respect older members
  • To have initiation or membership requirements, but not to have to earn active status through personal favors, competition or juvenile activities
  • To have lots of fun. After all, what did everyone tell them during recruitment?

If the chapter offers these things, it has a successful program; and there are many activities that lead to such a program. Remember, if you have any doubt whether something is hazing or not, don't do it. Find an alternative

Adapted from page 40 of the FIPR Risk Management Manual (pdf)

If you have questions or need resources related to your involvement as a member of the Greek community, contact the Sorority & Fraternity Life Staff in the Student Involvement & Leadership Center in 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861. You can also contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 785-864-4060.

Resources for Fraternities and Sororities

National Panhellenic Conference

North-American Interfraternity Conference

Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-Not-Haze (1-888-668-4293) is a confidential hazing hotline sponsored by 22 national fraternal organizations.The organizations on KU’s campus that currently participate are: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Chi, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Beta Phi, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Beta Tau.

Sports Clubs

KU Recreation Services operates the sports club program at KU. Clubs may be competitive, recreational or instructional in nature, or may have any combination of these characteristics. Sport Clubs are managed by both the rules and regulations governing all recognized student organizations at the University of Kansas through the Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC), and those established by KU Recreation Services. Hazing will not be tolerated.

As a member of a sports club, you need to be vigilant against hazing activities as research shows that for many students hazing is a rite of passage and those involved in sports are at risk for hazing activities.

From FIPG Manual: What does hazing really do?

What you think hazing does

What hazing really does




Create a general lack of participating

Group Pride


Respect for active members


Better performance

Lack of caring

If you have questions or need resources related to your involvement in a KU sports club, contact the Sports Club Director at (785) 864-0792 or visit the Sport Club page. You can also contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 785-864-4060.

Resources for Sports Clubs:


The Team Captains Network

University of Arizona Step UP! Program

NCAA Athletic Teams

Kansas Athletics supports the University of Kansas in its efforts to prevent hazing.  Kansas Athletics does not condone hazing in any form.  The following information is provided to all student-athletes at KU in the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct:

Hazing is defined in the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as “Engaging in hazing of another person for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or continuation of membership in any organization operating under the sanction of the University. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any action, activity or situation which recklessly, negligently or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health, welfare or safety of a person, creates excessive fatigue, sleep deprivation, mental or physical discomfort, exposes a person to extreme embarrassment or ridicule, involves personal servitude, destroys or removes public or private property, or implicitly or explicitly interferes with the academic requirements or responsibilities of a student. It is presumed that hazing is a forced activity regardless of the apparent willingness of an individual to participate in the activity. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not neutral; both are violations of this rule.’”

The term "hazing" does not include an action sponsored by an institution of higher education which requires any athletic practice, conditioning or completion of curricular activity.

Organizations or individuals found to be encouraging or authorizing hazing may be subject to suspension or termination of activities.

Student-athletes at the University of Kansas are educated on hazing prevention primarily through the KU LEADS program.  The KU LEADS program addresses hazing prevention in its Freshmen Leadership Curriculum as well as during Emergent Leadership Retreats. 

Finally, the NCAA, the University of Kansas, and Kansas Athletics are committed to good sportsmanship and ethical conduct.  Kansas Athletics has incorporated the following ideas from the NCAA in its practice of hazing prevention:

From the NCAA:  Is it hazing or team building?


Team Building

Humiliates and degrades

Promotes respect and dignity

Tears down individuals

Supports and empowers

Creates division

Creates real teamwork

Lifelong nightmares

Lifelong memories

Shame and secrecy

Pride and integrity

Is a power trip

Is a shared positive experience

Student-athletes may report hazing to coaches, assistant coaches, sport supervisors, or the Kansas Athletics Sport Psychologist.  Additionally, they may fill out the University of Kansas anonymous online Hazing Report form.

Band Organizations

Bands are a special student organization where musicality, sportsmanship and competition find a home. Music groups need to be especially vigilant for signs of hazing because research showed that high school students who had been involved in band in high school had been hazed. It’s a difficult cycle to break. Many of the honorary band organizations and professional band organizations have statements prohibiting hazing. Learn more about KU bands.

If you have a question about your involvement in a KU band or music group, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 785-864-4060.

ROTC Organizations

“Department of Defense policy recognizes the potential adverse effects hazing can have on morale, operational readiness, and mission accomplishment. Hazing is prohibited and should never be tolerated."

As values-based organizations, ROTC units at the University of Kansas prohibit hazing.   Each of the ROTC programs at KU maintains its own website.


Air Force ROTC


If you have a question about your involvement in ROTC, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 785-864-4060.

Other Student Organizations

Every student organization needs to develop a non-hazing policy statement and share it with prospective, new and current members. Organizations are often unaware that their initiation activities are actually hazing. New members may be hesitant to question such activities, which are often handed down by older members. An activity is considered hazing even if it does not cause physical harm. Degrading and humiliating activities are also considered hazing. It is the responsibility of all members to protect others from unreasonable risk of harm and this includes hazing. Student organizations and their advisors are supported through the Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC) in 400 Kansas Union.

You can also call the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at 785-864-4060.

Report Hazing

To report a hazing incident, fill out the Hazing Report Form

Report an Incident

To report an incident, fill out the Incident Report Form.

Request a Presentation

To request a presentation about hazing, risk management, recruitment or other topics, fill out the Request a Presentation Form.

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