University Counseling Center (UCC)
The Victim of Hazing
Facts about hazing:
- Hazing in any form is prohibited at the University of Rochester.
- Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created on or off campus, which recklessly or intentionally produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
- Hazing is sometimes used as a rite of passage or initiation into a campus organization.
- Hazing can be psychologically damaging and present serious physical risks (including death) to students.
- A student may or may not know that hazing will be a part of an initiation process.
- A student may or may not know how extreme hazing might become during an initiation process.
- Hazing is illegal in the State of New York.
What You Can Do:
- Talk to the victimized student in private.
- Recognize that the student may be feeling vulnerable and experiencing a range of emotions.
- Advise the student to report the incident to the Dean of Students Office.
- Advise the student to report the incident to the University Security (5-3333)
- Refer the student to the office that oversees the organization in question.
- Refer the student for a follow-up at the University Counseling Center, if appropriate.
- Minimize the situation.
- Agree to maintaining confidentiality.