The Villanova Anti-Hazing policy defines hazing as any intentional, knowing, or reckless action or situation that, for purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization, or as a condition for continued or enhanced membership in an organization:
- Endangers the mental or physical health, safety, wellbeing, or dignity of an individual, or
- Destroys or removes public or private property.
Hazing can occur in a variety of groups and settings and it is the responsibility of every community member to speak up and prevent hazing.
It is up to our entire University community to be part of the solution and help change the culture around hazing. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the Villanova University policy prohibiting hazing, located in the Villanova Policy Library as well as the Student Handbook.
The week of September 25th-29th is National Hazing Prevention week. Villanova students, faculty and staff should take the time to be aware of the signs of hazing in order to look out for our fellow community members. HazingPrevention.org identified several warning signs of hazing, including:
- Sudden changes in behavior after joining an organization, club, or team.
- Desire to leave the organization, club, or team without giving any explanation.
- Weight-loss; exhaustion; or sudden changes in appetite, sleep habits, or appearance.
- Secrecy, avoidance, or stress surrounding new member activities.
- Unexplained injuries or illnesses.
Reporting Resources at Villanova:
- Public Safety Dispatch, 610-519-4444 (emergency 24/7) or 610-519-5800 (non-emergency 24/7)
- 911 (for off-campus emergencies)
- Any Resident Assistant/Residence Life Staff (24/7)
- Dean of Students Office, 610-519-4200
- Student Involvement, 610-519-4210
- Fraternity and Sorority Life, 610-519-7280
- Hazing Reporting Form
- Villanova University Anonymous Reporting - Ethics Point