Student Handbook

2.3.7.3 - HAZING

No student or student organization shall participate in any form of hazing. 

For the purposes of this section, the term "hazing" shall include any intentional or reckless act, or coercion of another to act, that is an implicit or explicit condition for initiation into, admission to, affiliation with, or continued membership in any group or organization, and which causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm, harassment, discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule to any person, including, but not limited to, coercing another to consume alcohol or other drugs. Examples of common hazing activities may include: 

  • Forced or coerced physical activity unrelated to any constructive event that is intended to or creates a foreseeable risk of physical, psychological, or emotional harm;
  • Paddling, striking, beating, pushing, shoving, immobilizing, or inappropriately restraining a student;
  • Activities that result in unreasonable loss of sleep or study time;
  • Forced or coerced consumption of alcohol, drugs, foods, or other substances;
  • Abduction or forced relocation of a student;
  • Psychological abuse;
  • Forced or coerced activities that are inappropriate, disruptive, illegal, publicly indecent, or morally degrading.

All hazing allegations shall be reported to Xavier's Dean of Students Office or the Division of Student Affairs. The Dean of Students or designee will initiate an investigation into the allegation and, if appropriate, will initiate Student Conduct proceedings against the accused individual or organization which may result in sanctions as found in section 3.7. The failure to report any incidents of hazing is also a violation of this policy and may result in Student Conduct proceedings. 

In addition to any student conduct sanctions imposed by Xavier, any student or organization found to have engaged in hazing may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties in accordance with Ohio law and sanctions by any sponsoring organizations (e.g., national fraternity or sorority or NCAA).