What is Hazing?

Hazing is defined at KU under the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities Section VI, A, 9 as:

Students are expected to show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates the core value of Respect includes, but is not limited to: Hazing- 
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.

Endangering one’s mental health or mental discomfort includes, but is not limited to:

  • Yelling
  • Demeaning names
  • Lineups
  • Kidnapping
  • Blindfolds
  • Requiring embarrassing attire or activities involving nakedness
  • Embarrassing activities (scavenger hunts)

Endangering one’s physical health or physical discomfort includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tests of endurance
  • Consumption of alcohol or non-food substances, large amounts of water or other liquids
  • Exposing members to extreme weather conditions
  • Sleep Deprivation (early morning wake-ups, not allowing naps, specific bed times)
  • “Fountaining” (as admission or membership into a group, students are ‘placed’ in the fountain)

Personal servitude includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cleaning an active member’s room
  • Repeatedly running errands for an active member; including but not limited to, “wake-ups,” breakfast, pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Carrying of equipment bags

Existence of Hazing

A 2008 national study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine found:
  • 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and other extra-curricular organizations are hazed.
  • 47% of students experienced hazing in high school.
  • Hazing occurs in a range of student activities and teams and includes behaviors that are abusive, dangerous, and often illegal.
  • The vast majority of college students do not report hazing to campus officials.
  • College students recognize hazing as part of campus culture.
  • Nine out of ten students who experience hazing in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.

Hazing has become a widespread phenomenon for students who join groups/organizations that place group members in situations of high risk.  As a parent, there is the very real possibility that your son or daughter has already been or will be hazed as a member of a student group or team.  As a student, you may expect to be hazed and fail to recognize the harms associated with hazing.  As an Advisor of a student organization, you may not know what to do. 

For more research and information about hazing and its prevention review College Hazing Facts.

What KU Does to Prevent Hazing?

  •   KU provides a comprehensive hazing information site.
  •   Each hazing allegation is investigated by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
  •   KU allows for anonymous reporting of hazing.
  •   Each woman participating in sorority recruitment receives this information during Orientation the day before recruitment events begin, it is also on the PHA website under Recruitment FAQs.
  •   Each man participating in formal fraternity recruitment receives this information during recruitment orientation the day recruitment events begin, and it is also on the IFC website under Recruitment FAQ’s.
  •   It is the responsibility of every chapter in the four Greek Governing Councils to submit a copy of an agenda or minutes from a meeting or educational program which outlines that they have discussed the University, Council, National Headquarters and state/federal Anti Hazing policies with their chapter each Fall Semester. Chapters must also educate their members on their respective councils Risk Management Policies.  They can be done at the same meeting.  All members must sign a sheet stating that they have seen and understand these policies. Resources with the information on these policies can be found at KU's Sorority & Fraternity Life Office.
  •   Greek Alumni and Greek Life staff sponsored programming within first two weeks of fall semester about risky behavior, and negative cultural/traditional behaviors.  Some years there is a direct focus on hazing education. Some years it is wrapped into a broader message about values incongruence, being out of alignment with stated purpose of these organizations.
  •   The Sports Club and Intramural Clubs include hazing prevention information in their registration materials and information.
  •   KU Athletics, Inc. provides every student athlete and affiliated student with information on hazing.
  •   The All Scholarship Hall Council provides a training session on risk management for the scholarship hall executive boards each fall; all hall presidents are asked to attend.



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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