While many proponents of hazing hail its virtues (building unity, strengthening membership), the simple fact is that hazing is an antiquated view of developing a strong organization. And in the most base form, it is illegal.
The University will not tolerate nor condone any form of hazing. Hazing is to be defined as:
“any action or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off University premises, to produce excessive mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include, but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the student organization; wearing of public apparel which is not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with the policies of an educational institution.”
Make the following inquiries of each organization activity to determine whether or not it is hazing:
Is alcohol or other drugs involved?
Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with new members?
Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
Do you have any reservations describing the activity to your parents, to a
respected professor, or a University official?
Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school
newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
Would the behavior/activity be appropriate in a community volunteer group?
Would you put your participation in this activity on a resume?
If the answer to questions 1-7 is “yes,” then your activity could be considered
hazing. If you are concerned about hazing activities, contact the Student
Involvement & Employment Office for suggestions.
Wisconsin State Law
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