Hazing Policy

Hazing and New Member Education and Induction into Student Organizations/Clubs/Teams

The Value of New member education and activities

Elon recognizes the importance and value of activities that acculturate students into student organizations and clubs.  New member education and bonding activities should have a purpose and should support the dignity and development of the individual, be consistent with the student organization’s values and mission, and uphold the Elon University honor code. Activities that do not meet this definition are considered hazing.

A list of positive traditions and activities to acculturate students into student organizations, clubs and teams may be found by clicking here.

A general guideline in defining whether an activity is hazing is to ask:  
1.  Does participation in the activity further the success and welfare of three entities- the student, the organization and the university?  
2.  Would you be comfortable telling the dean of students about the activity?

If you have concerns regarding an activity please refer to the Elon college Honor code, your organization constitution and values, and the new member bill of rights. Also, call the Hazing Hotline at 336.278-HAZE (4293) to file an anonymous report hazing.  Staff in the Center for Leadership or Judicial Affairs are available to answer any questions you may have about hazing or to file a complaint.


Hazing definition: 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.

Sanctions and Conduct Process for Hazing
Hazing is antithetical to Elon’s Honor Code, and will not be tolerated. Students who violate the university’s hazing policy, or the North Carolina state law on hazing are subject to the university sanctions and criminal prosecution. Refer to the Elon University Student Handbook for sanctions for hazing.

North Carolina Law: Statute § 14 35. 

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. (1913, c. 169, ss. 1, 2, 3, 4; C.S., s. 4217; 1969, c. 1224, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 19; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 2003 299, s. 1.)
Article 9. Hazing.