Elon University defines hazing as any action or situation created, either directly or through innuendo, that jeopardizes the student’s psychological, emotional, or physical well being, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Examples include but are not limited to:
Subtle hazing – behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between new members/rookies and other members of the group or team.
Harassment hazing – behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like a part of the group. Harassment hazing 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 is against North Carolina state law. N.C. Statutes 14.35-14.36, define the practice as, "to annoy any student by playing abusive or ridiculous tricks upon him; to frighten, scold, beat or harass him, or to subject him to personal indignity." Any violation constitutes a Class 2 Misdemeanor. State law requires that the faculty or governing board of a college or school expel any student convicted of hazing in court.
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.
All fraternity and sorority members at Elon University are required to sign an anti-hazing contract. By signing this contract, students make a commitment to refuse engagement in any activities that could be considered hazing. Click here to read more!