Consistent with state law, national fraternal policies, and athletic conference guidelines, hazing is prohibited at Wesleyan University. The term “hazing” shall mean any activity or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, that could reasonably produce undue mental or physical discomfort, harassment, and ridicule or endanger the participants. An activity may be considered hazing regardless of consent or willingness to participate in the activity.

Consistent with the definition above, the following activities have typically been identified as hazing activities: use of alcoholic beverages or other drugs; paddling or branding; creation of excessive fatigue; physical or psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, or road trips; wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and not in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; degrading or humiliating games and activities; any other activities that are not consistent with University regulations and policies as well as local, state, and federal laws.

There are many activities in which members of student groups may voluntarily participate that foster camaraderie and team-building, promote unity and a sense of belonging, and build self-confidence and self-esteem. Examples of such activities include: attending pre-season or organizational training sessions; administering supervised testing for skills, endurance, or performance; sponsoring a skit night; wearing similar clothing as a symbol of unity; doing community service; completing a ropes course; and participating in a supervised group trip.

Because it is not always clear which activities are acceptable and which constitute hazing, students are encouraged to consult with advisors, coaches, and/or student affairs and dean’s office staff members in advance of the event.

Community members who have experienced hazing or have information about an alleged hazing incident should consult with the Office of Public Safety, the director of athletics, dean of students or director of student involvement.