12.2.4. Policy on Hazing

Oglethorpe University prohibits hazing of any kind, including hazing of a student as a requirement for membership or participation in any student organization, athletic team, Greek chapter, colony, club or group. Hazing is not consistent with the mission of the University and is in opposition to the founding principles of all organizations. The University will protect the members of the community from hazing and uphold all federal and state laws that regulate or prohibit these behaviors. Violations will be brought to the student conduct process and local law enforcement.

Hazing activities are defined as:

An action taken or situation created intentionally by an individual or group, whether on- or off-campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule in another person or group, regardless of the consent of the participants. Any act that interferes with regularly scheduled classes or academic pursuits of a student may also be defined as hazing. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances.
  • Inappropriate touching and paddling in any form.
  • Creation of excess fatigue.
  • Physical and psychological shocks.
  • Engaging in disruptive behavior.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games, online posts and activities.
  • Abusive, harassing or degrading language.
  • Forced servitude.
  • Excessive consumption of food or drink or limitation of food or drink.
  • Removing, damaging, destroying or altering property
  • Other activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, ritual or policy, the regulations or policies of the University or applicable state law.

Complaints or information concerning an alleged violation of the hazing policy should be reported to the office of student rights and responsibilities. Designated staff will investigate all complaints and take appropriate action upon confirmation of a violation.