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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 (85) 275-3333
  • 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.

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