What is hazing?

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created by an individual or group, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off college or university premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, or in any way demean the dignity of another human being. Initiations, however explained, or activities that imply, encourage, condone, or allow students to misuse alcohol or other drugs, violate the law, or commit unethical, immoral, or inappropriate behavior are explicitly forbidden.

Here is the entire CSB/SJU Hazing Policy.

  • Hazing IS NOT a team building opportunity - it breaks a team, the individuals involved and the reputation of the team.
  • Hazing is an act of power and control over others.
  • There is no such thing as agreeing to be hazed - you are either a victim or an assailant.
  • It is premeditated. You don't accidentally haze someone.
  • Malicious intent is not a pre-requesite for hazing.
  • It is any activity that causes mental anguish or physical discomfort.

"Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them, regardless of a person's willingness to participate."