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Hazing Policy

Any planned/executed action or activity, by or against an active member, associate member, pledge or potential member or new member of an organization or group that inflicts physical or mental harm, distress, anxiety, or which may demean, degrade, embarrass or disgrace any person, regardless of location, consent or intention is prohibited. Examples of hazing include but are not limited to forced consumption of food, alcohol, drugs or any other substance, forced physical activity, deprivation of food or sleep, and physical acts such as branding or paddling. Students may not imply that a person would be shunned, removed, or not initiated for failing to participate in any form of hazing. Any action or situation that intentionally or unintentionally endangers a student, who is attempting admission into or affiliating with any student organization, is prohibited.


Group: A number of persons who are associated with the University and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register, as a student organization (e.g. athletic teams, musical or theatrical ensembles, academic or administrative units)
Organization: A number of persons who are associated with each other and who have registered with the University as a student organization under the office of Center for Student Involvement policies for recognized student organizations.
Participants: For the purposes of the hazing policy participants is defined as any student who directly/indirectly partakes in a prohibited act by encouraging, witnessing or condoning the act in any manner. Failing to act as a bystander/witness may bring charges upon the individual.
Procedural Considerations

Charters/Constitutions and Bylaws

Requiring or implying requirement to participate in any act that violates the Code of Conduct; Center for Student Involvement policies for recognized student organizations; local/state/federal law; a student organization‘s charter/constitution/by-laws; the constitution /by-laws of the National Pan-Hellenic Conference, National Panhellenic Council, or North American Interfraternity Conference; or rules of the Division of Athletics, NCAA, sports clubs, or intramurals is prohibited.

Concurrent Legal Charges

Many of the violations of the Code of Conduct are also violations of Ohio law. However, students are not generally charged with both the specific Code of Conduct and Laws & Statutes unless there is a possible law violation that is not covered elsewhere in the Code of Conduct. Students may find themselves charged through the criminal justice system for incidents that have also been attributed to violations at the University. In these cases the University will generally proceed with the Student Conduct System concurrently with the legal system. The University does not offer legal advice/counsel to students facing criminal charges.

Individual Student Charges

In cases where the activity is performed by an individual member of the student organization, the organization as a whole may be held responsible. Individual students may be charged separately through the conduct process as well. Delegating or requesting another group or individual to perform the act in your place will bring charges of hazing to the requesting group as well as the group or individuals performing the act, regardless of affiliation.

Safety Concerns for Students who Report Hazing

Students who report possible hazing incidents will not be subject to individual charges of policy violations by the University if those violations were a direct result/cause/effect of the hazing. Additionally the University will work to make reasonable accommodations so that the reporting party can continue their academic pursuits. These accommodations include but are not limited to alternative housing, no contact orders, and academic accommodations. Any student who is concerned for their safety either due to ongoing hazing or in fear of retribution should consider speaking with a University staff member to gain an understanding of the services that can be made available in their situation.

Reporting Hazing and Contact Numbers for Assistance

*Emergency: In a medical or other emergency of any kind, immediately dial 911 or contact Public Safety on campus at 937-229-2121.
*Non-Emergency: For additional assistance and in cases of a non-emergent situation, please contact the University of Dayton through any one of the following offices.
a. The University Police at 927-229-2121
b. The Office of Community Standards & Civility at 937-229-4627 or by submitting an online report at
c. The Dean of Students Office at 937-229-1212
d. Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development 937-229-2229
e.Center for Student Involvement at 937-229-3333
f. Greek Life 937-229-4114
g. Division of Athletics at 937-229-4404
h. Recreational Sports/Club Sports at 937-229-2731
i. Speak to a Resident Assistant or other staff member in an on campus living area
*Other: When an uncertain situation arises at any point, contact your group/organization adviser, who can be a liaison and connect you with additional resources. He/she may help you report emergencies or non-emergencies to appropriate authorities.

Additional Resources for Hazing Prevention

As individuals, groups, and organizations work to prevent situations that would encourage or engender hazing behaviors, we must all come together and share positive resources that help this cause. Many local and national organizations, as well as campus contacts are identified as positive sources of information and outreach.
* A national organization dedicated to its mission to empower people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups <>.
* A comprehensive site for current literature and media available to students, as well as updates on state laws that are applicable for individuals and groups. <>.
*Limberlost Consulting: This external consulting firm works with campuses, chapters, groups, corporations, and boards providing strategic planning, consulting, and presentation advising, for many topical areas in higher education, inclusive of current practices in hazing prevention. <>.
*Group/organization adviser: Recall that as groups and organizations have advisers who are trained to assist in education, prevention, and response, your adviser can be called upon to help interpret appropriate practices for all individual and group/organization behavior.
*Student Organization Resource Guide: Each year,the Center for Student Involvement publishes its updated Student Organization Resource Guide, to inform student organizations and their advisers of the guidelines, policies and procedures regarding hosting events, travel and finances. In collaboration with several campus partners, Center for Student Involvement has continued to adhere to best practices with regard to safety and security, institutional and organizational reputation, and value congruency with organizational mission.
*Community Standards and Civility: Staff members from Community Standards and Civility are trained in hazing prevention measures. Contact the office at (937) 229-4627 to request to speak with someone who may schedule a presentation for a group/organization meeting on the topic of hazing prevention.
*Center for Student Involvement: Staff members from Center for Student Involvement are trained in hazing prevention measures, inclusive of those who are specifically trained to work with values-based Greek organizations in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and women‘s College Panhellenic Council (Panhel). Contact Center for Student Involvement at (937) 229-3333 to request to speak with someone who may schedule a presentation for a group/organization meeting on the topic of hazing prevention.