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UCLA Office of the Dean of Students

Maybe your chapter is confused about or even afraid of how to change “traditional” hazing practices.

Detecting Hazing

Signs & Symptoms of Hazing

Actions and activities which are explicitly prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Any activity that might reasonably bring physical harm to the individual.
  • Paddling, beating or otherwise permitting members to hit pledges.
  • Requiring pledges to wear degrading or uncomfortable garments.
  • Depriving pledges of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (8 consecutive hours per day minimum) and decent edible meals.
  • Activities that interfere in any way with individuals’ academic efforts (i.e. causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time).
  • Activities that interfere with an individual’s employment or family obligation.
  • Requiring or encouraging pledges to consume amounts of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Forcing, coercing, or permitting students to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances such as raw meat, raw eggs, salt water, onions, etc.
  • Having substances such as eggs, mud, paint, honey, etc. thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to bodies of pledges.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activity that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
  • Kidnaps, road trips (a mandatory/forced off-campus trip as part of a pledging activity). Note: Kidnaps performed by actives or pledges are banned.
  • Subjecting an individual to cruel and unusual psychological conditions for any reason.
  • Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g. public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct, or sexual gestures in public.

*There ARE ways to change from a hazing to a non-hazing chapter, and this can be achieved with the assistance of many resources available to you including Inter/National Headquarters Staff, Alumni Volunteers and University Advisors.

Alternative Activities

  • Ropes course and team building activities
  • Organizational retreats
  • Community service with all members
  • Mentoring with alumni and new members
  • Faculty meetings and events
  • Educational workshops and focus groups

Providing alternative programming is a first step in the right direction but not the whole solution to rid your chapter of hazing. To effectively deal with hazing, you need to:

  • Increase the awareness of ALL members
  • Educate ALL members
  • Detect violations by your members
  • Take corrective action