Hazing Prevention

Elon Policy

Elon University defines hazing as any activity expected of someone who is joining a group (or who is trying to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades, or risks harming that person emotionally or physically, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Subtle hazing – behaviors that are based on a power imbalance between current and new members; may involve activities that ridicule, embarrass or humiliate.
  • Harassment hazing – behaviors that cause emotional distress, mental anguish, or physical discomfort in order to feel like a part of the group; or confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members/rookies.
  • Violent hazing – behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional or psychological harm.

Hazing Sanctions
Individuals – normally, not less than disciplinary probation with possible permanent separation; educational and/or restorative program or project, counseling assessment and compliance with recommendations, and campus restitution hours.
Organizations – normally, not less than disciplinary probation with possible suspension of official university recognition; educational/change program or project, and restorative program or project.

Definition: Any threatening or harassing behavior directed against another individual or entity who has, in good faith, reported a potential violation of university policy or the law; or against an individual or entity involved in the student conduct or legal process (witnesses, student conduct advisors, etc.).

Retaliation Sanctions
First Offense - normally, not less than suspension in abeyance with possible permanent separation; educational and/or restorative program or project; counseling assessment and compliance with recommendations; and loss of university housing.
Second Offense - normally, not less than disciplinary suspension and possible permanent separation.

This information was adapted from the Elon Student Handbook.

State Law

It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: "to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group." Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Prevention Education

It is important to note that hazing is not essential to the success of an organization. The strength of such groups depends on the respect and trust which evolve among members. Hazing does not build such relationships. The student life division has carefully outlined the university policy on hazing and will continue to conduct an extensive awareness campaign. This policy will be enforced, and violators will be prosected to the extent allowed.

Hazing Hotline

If you think you, or someone you know has been, or is being hazed, please call the annonymous hotline 336-278-HAZE (4293).

National Hazing Prevention Week

National Hazing Prevention Week is September 19-23, 2016. Hazing prevention education should occur year round, however, NHPW provides the community with a time to reflect by raising awareness.