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UCLA Office of the Dean of Students

What is Hazing?

Hazing is victimization- an act of power and control over others. Hazing is premeditated and NOT accidental. It is abusive, degrading, often life threatening, and it is a fundamental violation of human dignity.Hazing can be defined as any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; which may demean, degrade or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent or consent of participants.

Hazing can also be defined as any action or situation, which intentionally endangers a student seeking admission into or affiliation with any student organization.


UCLA students take pride in being part of a community in which all members treat each other with dignity and respect. Activities which detract from the goal of fostering the personal and intellectual development of our students have no place on our campus. Hazing in any form by any student in the process of joining any organization poses a serious threat to the health and safety of our students and will not be tolerated.

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