What Is Hazing

In essence, hazing is defined as any public or private inducement that causes a prospective or current member of any student organization, team, or club mental or physical humiliation, harm, embarrassment, or ridicule, or has a profound negative impact on a student’s academic, social, or work-related function. Hazing shall include, but not be limited to, the following examples:

  • Physical hazing – “that which is physically harmful or humiliating to the individual”
  • Paddling, hitting, or physical abuse toward a pledge
  • Nudity
  • The eating of spoiled/repulsive foods and/or non-food substances, as well as anything the individual refuses to eat
  • Exposure to outside elements without proper dress
  • Exercise beyond the physical limits of the individual, such as running over long distances, calisthenics, and so forth
  • Forced consumption of alcohol or drugs
  • Branding
  • Bondage that prevents use of limbs
  • Requests to perform any illegal acts (those contrary to local, state, or federal laws and ordinances), such as defacing public or private property, stealing, and so forth
  • Excessive yelling or screaming
  • Permitting less than six hours of continuous sleep
  • Participating in any activity that the full members will not do
  • Psychological hazing – “that which compromises the personal dignity of an individual causing personal embarrassment or shame; causing the individual to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; or causing an individual psychological harm or emotional strain”
  • Wearing humiliating, unnatural, or binding attire on the outside or underneath a pledge’s clothing
  • Verbal comments that would degrade and/or embarrass pledges
  • Involuntary servitude or personal errands
  • Derogatory references/remarks to a pledge regarding family and/or friends’ health or well being
  • Derogatory remarks about a pledge’s race, religion, or national heritage
  • Any requirements which compel a member or pledge to participate in any activity which is illegal, or which is known to be contrary to an individual’s moral or religious beliefs, or which is contrary to the rules and/or regulations of the College shall be considered hazing.

Since “hazing” is contradictory to the fostering of an environment which promotes academic freedom, human dignity, the fullest possible development of the individual student, and the aspiration/attainment of the ideals of brotherhood/sisterhood, the College, through the Office of Campus Activities, has implemented appropriate administrative procedures for the Greek Life system to ensure that the rights of students and the community are protected. Such procedures include the following:

  • A pledge/new member contract is given to all pledges/ new members providing information and introducing the student to the KSC hazing policy/regulations. The student will be requested to sign the contract to support the elimination of hazing practices. Each chapter president shall affirm through signature his/her compliance with the hazing policy and related education program.
  • Pledges/new members are guaranteed a minimum of six hours of continuous sleep each night during pre-initiation or initiation periods.
  • Pledges/new members are guaranteed a minimum of three hours of totally undisturbed study time Sunday through Thursday evenings, ending no later than 11:30 p.m.
  • All pledgling/new member activities must be shared with the advisor(s) of the respective organization.
  • Greek advisors will assist chapters with workshops and consultations on alternatives to hazing.