Campus - Ira Allen Chapel

Dear UVM Student,

Be Active, Be Involved, and Be Safe!

UVM takes great pride in our active student community. We encourage you to get involved in one of the hundreds of recognized student organizations, teams, clubs, and programs that are offered.

Being a member of a university organization or program can be one of your most meaningful experiences as a student, but it also has the potential to create an environment that places you or other members in harms way.  At the University of Vermont we believe that students should not be demeaned or exposed to harm when pursuing involvement in campus life.  To that end, we promote a campus-wide Hazing Prevention effort each year.

As student leaders and active community members, we ask that you do all you can to prevent and/or intervene  in hazing, if it occurs.  We expect all members  to report to their advisors, coaches, Police Services, or other university officials any activity that might be questionable or considered to be  hazing.

This website provides you with helpful and important information on:

  • How to identify hazing
  • How to help prevent hazing
  • How to intervene safely in hazing activity

Together we can address this national problem that exists in high schools, in colleges, and in numerous other settings.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in UVM and in helping to create a safe, healthy, vibrant campus life for all of us.

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.


Annie Stevens Signature
Dr. Annie Stevens
Vice Provost for Student Affairs


David Nestor's Signature (blue)
Dr. David Nestor
Dean of Students

View Hazing Prevention Website


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:



  • 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, 802-656-4360)
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Assistant Director for Greek Life (802-656-2060) in the Student Life Office.
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Athletics Department at 802-656-3074
  • When appropriate, encourage the student to contact the Coordinator for Club Sports at 802-656-2060 in the Student Life Office.
  • Advise the student to report a crime to Police Services (802-656-3473).
  • Refer the student to Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS, 802-656-3340).


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