Examples of Hazing Activities

  • Requiring any form of physically demanding activity (e.g. calisthenics, sit-ups, push up, or runs).
  • Forcing, requiring, or endorsing consumption of alcoholic beverages or other drugs.
  • Requiring the consumption of undesirable substances (e.g. spoiled food, unusual food combinations, and noxious fluids).
  • Verbal harassment including yelling or screaming at potential members.
  • Requiring or compelling individuals to wear or carry unusual, uncomfortable, degrading, or physically burdensome articles or apparel.
  • Requiring any type of personal servitude such as running errands, cleaning apartments or houses, doing laundry, etc.
  • Scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, road trips, or any other such activities when not done for information gathering purposes consistent with educational purposes of the organization. "Kidnaps" and "drop-offs" are not permitted.
  • Morally degrading and humiliating activities (e.g. requiring pledges (new members) to scrub floors or toilets with toothbrushes or requiring pledges to be indecently exposed).
  • Assigning or endorsing pranks such as borrowing or stealing items, painting other's property or objects, chapter raids, or harassing other groups.
  • Psychological harassment in any form.
  • Endangerment, any activity where there is a potential for danger (e.g. tying of arms and legs, blindfolding, exchange of body fluids, exposing pledges to uncomfortable or dangerous environments, etc.).
  • Individual interrogations not consistent with legitimate testing for information of the history or purpose of the organization.
  • Requiring pledges (new members) to wear apparel that is conspicuous and/or not normally considered in good taste.
  • Requiring pledges (new members) to walk or march in formation or in line.
  • Requiring pledges (new members) to be tattooed or branded.
  • Requiring pledges (new members) to answer their phones or doors with specific greetings, chants, riddles, songs, or rhymes.
  • Deception and/or threats told to convince the pledge (new member) he or she won't be able to join the organization or group.
  • Conducting activities that do not allow adequate time for study.
  • Work parties without the participation of the full organizational membership.
  • Requiring pledges (new members) to be silent for prolonged periods of time.
  • Any action which could be perceived as inflicting physical abuse/harm to an individual (e.g. paddling, application of foreign substances, burning, blowing smoke in eyes, induced vomiting, denial of food or water, etc.).
  • Threats to life or threats of harm to life for attempting to report hazing or to those members who choose to depledge.


This list does not cover all activities and actions that may be and are considered hazing. If you have any questions whether a specific action is hazing or would like clarification of any of these items, please call the Greek Affairs and Off-Campus Living Office at 585-245-5968.