Hazing, in any form, is strictly prohibited by Villanova University. Students joining clubs or organizations on campus should not tolerate such behavior, as it does not promote relationship-building and trust, and rather serves to break down morale and the notion of community upon which Villanova University was founded. Individuals and organizations found in violation of these policies will be held accountable. Please report any concerns by clicking here for a link of resources. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense.
Code of Student Conduct - Statement on Hazing
Hazing is absolutely prohibited.
At Villanova University, the term 'hazing' means any action or situation that-
- recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual, or
- destroys or removes public or private property
for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization operating either (1) as organization or group recognized by the University or (2) operating independently of such University recognition, that is, without University approval.
The term shall include, but not be limited to:
- any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics,
- exposure to the elements,
- forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other sub-stance,
- any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual,
and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as
- sleep deprivation,
- forced exclusion from social contact,
- forced conduct which is indecent, obscene, or could result in extreme embarrassment, or
- any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property.
For purposes of this Code, any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be 'forced' activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
In the case of individuals, sanctions may range from fines, probation or suspension, to expulsion. In the case of organizations, sanctions may range from fines, probation or suspension of recognition, to withdrawal of recognition status. The prohibition against hazing applies to acts conducted on or off campus whenever such acts are deemed by the university to constitute hazing.