Hazing can take many shapes and sizes. Pennsylvania State Law provides definitions and regulations surrounding hazing, in addition to Villanova's policies against hazing found in the Code of Student Conduct.
There are countless stories in today's news concerning hazing incidents on and off campus, resulting in serious injury and death. Please know that hazing is not a tradition or event that you or your organizations want to be a part of. Your actions should never support or be involved with hazing behaviors.
For purposes of Villanova's Code of Student Conduct, the term 'hazing' means 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, well-being, or dignity of an individual, or destroys or removes public or private property.
Hazing includes, without limitation:
Any activity as described in this definition shall be presumed to be forced and/or coerced, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
With this in mind, it’s critical to realize new and active members may: