Hazing : Hazing Defined
Under the Ohio State Code of Student Conduct, hazing constitutes “doing, requiring or encouraging any act, whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon, in conjunction with initiation or continued membership or participation in any group, that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm or humiliation. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, use of alcohol, creation of excessive fatigue, and paddling, punching or kicking in any form.”
Hazing may also constitute additional behaviors, including but not limited to:
- forced cleaning
- running errands/menial tasks
- forced interviews
- scavenger hunts
- mental and/or psychological abuse
- public or private displays of humiliation
- forced use of alcohol or drugs
- providing alcohol to minors
- use of alcohol or drugs during the new member education/intake process or other membership events
- forced eating or drinking of items
- being yelled at or cursed at by other members of the team or group
- sleep deprivation
- public nudity
- forced wear of embarrassing clothing
- depriving you of regular hygiene practices (brushing teeth, bathing)
- making you steal or destroy property
- "drop-offs" or "dumps" in unfamiliar locations
- lock-ups or being confined to small spaces
- being duct taped or some other physical restraints
- sexual assault
- creation of excessive fatigue
- any activity which seriously endangers the health or safety of another individual.
To help you identify whether something is hazing or not, ask yourself the questions below. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the activity is probably hazing.
- Would active, current members of the group refuse to participate in this activity with the new members and do exactly the same activity?
- Does the activity risk emotional or physical harm/abuse?
- Would I object to this activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
- Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents, professor, coach or university official were watching?
- Would we get in trouble if the Director of Student Conduct walked by?
- Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?
- Am I doing anything illegal?
- Does participation violate my values or those of my organization?
- Is this activity causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to myself or others?
- If someone were injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by the police or insurance carrier?
- When I apply for jobs, can I take the onus of having a criminal arrest or student conduct mark on my record?
Adapted from www.stophazing.org and University of Florida