Laws and Policies

Villanova University

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.

  • Intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict or conspiring to inflict bodily harm on any person or threatening to do the same, or,
  • Taking any action for the purpose of inflicting bodily harm' or' 
  • Taking any reckless, but not accidental , action which results in bodily harm or could result on bodily harm to any person.

Sanctions may range from disciplinary probation, plus, one or more of its attendant restrictions up to and including explusion.

 

The Villanova University Student Code of Conduct states the following about Psychological Harm:

Psychological Harm

  1. Intentionally inflicting, attempting to inflict, or conspiring to inflict mental harm upon any person; or
  2. Taking any action for the purpose of inflicting mental harm; or
  3. Taking any reckless, but not accidental, action which could result in mental harm to any person; or
  4. Causing a person to believe that the offender may cause mental or bodily harm; or
  5. Any act which demeans, degrades, or disgraces any person.

Sanctions may range from disciplinary probation plus one or more of its attendant restrictions up to and including expulsion.

The following sections are excerpts from Title 24 of the Pennsylvania consolidated statutes:

Section 5352: Definition “Hazing”

Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which willfully 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 under the sanctions of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education. 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 substance, or 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 could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property. For the purposes of this definition, 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.

Section 5353: Hazing Prohibited

Any person who causes or participates in hazing commits a misdemeanor of the third degree.

REPORT HAZING

In the case of an emergency situation: