The University of Chicago prohibits hazing. A person commits hazing when he or she knowingly requires a student or other person at the University to perform any act, on or off University property, for the purpose of induction, admission, or membership into any group, team, organization, or society associated with or connected to the University if the act is not sanctioned or authorized by the University and results in harm to any person or could reasonably be foreseen to result in such harm. A person’s willingness to participate in an act of hazing does not justify or excuse the act, or fall outside of this policy.
Examples of hazing are included below. These examples are intended to be illustrative and not all-inclusive:
- the creation of physical or mental exhaustion or fatigue;
- forced consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants;
- physically or psychologically dangerous or risky activities;
- coercive, degrading, or humiliating games and activities;
- participation in sexual rituals or assaults;
- appropriation of public or private property;
- physical harm;
- pressuring or coercing any person to participate in activities that are inconsistent with the University’s community standards or policies or with applicable law.
Any student-athlete or team that commits hazing will be subject to Athletic Department disciplinary measures that could include: temporary ineligibility, permanent suspension from the team, full team season suspension. Any student or group that commits hazing will be subject to discipline under College Housing Discipline or the germane Student Disciplinary System, as appropriate. In addition, because hazing is a crime under Illinois law, the State’s Attorney may bring criminal charges against any person responsible for hazing.
Any person with knowledge of hazing is expected to communicate promptly with the Office of the Dean of Students in the University, the Office of the Provost, the University of Chicago Police Department, or University Human Resource Services. Reports also may be made using the University’s whistleblower hotline (800-971-4317).
Any new member initiation process should be conducted in a manner that respects the dignity of new members and protects their mental and physical well-being. Examples of acceptable behavior include the promotion of scholarship or service, the development of leadership or social skills or of career goals, involvement with alumni, building an awareness of organizational history, development of a sense of solidarity with other organization members, or activities that otherwise promote the mission of the organization or of the University.