FSA—Anti-hazing Information

University of Rochester Anti-Hazing Policy

Hazing is any activity related to joining, or ongoing membership in, any organization, which intentionally or recklessly creates a situation that can reasonably be expected to cause physical or psychological injury, discomfort, embarrassment or degradation. Note that a person’s willingness to participate in the activity does not keep it from counting as hazing. 
  • Such activities may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • use of alcohol;
  • forced consumption of any kind;
  • paddling in any form;
  • creation of excessive fatigue;
  • physical and psychological shocks;
  • quests, treasure hunts/scavenger hunts (without the expressed and prior approval of the appropriate director or dean), road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines of any living unit (without the expressed and prior approval of the appropriate director or dean);
  • wearing public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
  • engaging in public stunts and buffoonery;
  • morally degrading or humiliating games and activities;
  • actions that interfere with the pursuit of ordinary activities;
  • and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or policy, or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.


Violations are reviewed by the Judicial Officer, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Director of Athletics, or other appropriate University official. In sanctioning groups found responsible for hazing, hearing boards are trained to begin sanction discussions with the possibility of revoking the recruitment privileges of such organizations.

More information regarding the hazing policy is available in the University of Rochester Handbook on Student Discipline, available from the Office of the Dean of Students.