Hazing Policy and Prevention
Being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of student life. However, hazing is a hidden and serious problem that undermines the value of these experiences for many individuals. Hazing is a violation of University of Arizona policy and Arizona State law.
What is hazing?
"Hazing" means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:
The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with the University; and
The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm, or degradation; or causes physical injury, mental harm, or personal degradation.
If you're unsure, ask yourself these questions:
Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
Would we get in trouble if the Dean of Students 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 it causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to myself or others?
If someone was injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by the insurance carrier?
When I apply for jobs, can I take the onus of having a criminal arrest on my record?
The Hazing Prevention Coalition works to empower the University of Arizona community to recognize hazing, understand its implications, develop intolerance for hazing activities, and act/report when hazing occurs. Additionally, the coalition will, examine recent hazing issues, share current practices related to hazing prevention, research best practices across the nation related to hazing prevention and provide resources to support safer, healthier means of member acclimation and integration.
In cases of individual violators, appropriate disciplinary action may be imposed as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. In cases where organizations have authorized such conduct potential penalties include loss of recognition, university probation, educational sanctions, and monetary sanctions.
If you feel you have been hazed or harmed, or you have seen or know of a hazing/harmful incident, you are encouraged to report the incident using the University of Arizona’s Hazing Hotline. (520) 626-HAZE
Prevention and Education
All fraternity and sorority members at the University of Arizona receive hazing prevention education (many starting even before their membership). Those participating in IFC recruitment or Panhellenic recruitment should except to learn about hazing at their formal recruitment orientation sessions and USFC new initiates at the New Initiate Retreat held each semester. First year members also receive extensive education from their national organization.
We highly encourage all family members and students to take advantage of the Positive Campus Involvment moduel within SOS-Launchpad as it includes valuable Hazing Prevetion information. SOS-Launchpad in Desire2Learn (D2L) is available at d2l.arizona.edu. D2L is the online system where students access materials for classes. SOS-Launchpad allows students to get familiar with D2L early. SOS-Launchpad on D2L has online modules for all new students on important UA resources and processes in one easy locations. Family members can request access here. More information is available at sos.arizona.edu.