Hazing can take many shapes and sizes. Pennsylvania State Law defines hazing as 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. Villanova University has policies against hazing in our Student Handbook.
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.
At Villanova University, the term 'hazing' means any action or situation that:
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.
Hazing includes, but not be limited to-
and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as:
With this in mind, it’s critical to realize new and active members may: