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Hazing

It is the policy of the University of Vermont that no member of the University community may participate or be involved in hazing activities. Any student will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy.

Hazing means any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution; and that is intended, or should reasonably be expected, to have the effect of humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of a student. 

  • Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in such acts. 
  • Hazing occurs regardless of the consent or willingness of a person to participate in the activity. 
  • Hazing may occur on or off campus. 

When you are aware that a student is a victim of a hazing incident:

DO

  • When possible, see the student in private.
  • Be aware the student may be vulnerable, and experiencing a wide range of emotions.
  • Encourage the student to contact the Center for Student Ethics & Standards (CSES, 656-4360)
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Assistant Director for Greek Life (656-2060) in the Student Life Office.
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Athletics Department at 656-3074
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Coordinator for Club Sports at 656-2060 in the Student Life Office.
  • Advise the student to report a crime to Police Services (656-3473).
  • Refer the student to Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS, 656-3340).

DON’T

  • Blame the student.
  • Minimize the hazing incident.
  • Recollect the days you think you were hazed.
  • Agree to be bound by confidentiality.

Last modified August 18 2014 12:02 PM