Hazing Policy

I. Policy Statement:

Hazing is prohibited under the UNO Student Code of Conduct. Any student organization that engages in hazing shall be subject to appropriate discipline under the Code. Hazing is also a violation of state law and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

II. Hazing is:

a. Any action taken or situation created, whether on or off college or university property, which is life-threatening to the individual or intended to hurt or to humiliate physically or mentally.

b. Kidnapping, paddling, slapping, branding, burning with cigarette, or any such activities which are life-threatening to the individual or are intended to hurt or to humiliate physically or mentally.

III. Prohibited Activities

Hazing may include, but is not limited to, the following activities when these activities are life-threatening or intended to hurt or to humiliate physically or mentally:

a. physical exercise, scavenger hunts, road trips, any activity resulting in excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks;
b. wearing apparel which is uncomfortable to the individual or, if worn publicly, is conspicuous or not normally in good taste (dressing alike, specific costume or clothing);
c. engaging in public stunts or buffoonery, hair cutting, morally degrading or humiliating games or activities, giving of food or drink (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) which is distasteful or designed to provoke nausea or inebriation;
d. any form of verbal harassment, any action or situation which subjugates an individual to a condition where he/she might tend to lose self-respect or suffer injury to personal or religious values (line-ups or interrogations);
e. any activities which interfere with the student’s scholastic responsibilities;
f. the use of obscenities and vulgarities in dress, language, or action;
g. acts of personal or group servitude.

IV. Duty to Report and Enforcement

It is the responsibility of all current and potential student organization members and pledges to immediately report immediately possible hazing violations to Student Affairs and the University of New Orleans Police Department. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act; it is a violation of this policy. Reported violations of this policy shall be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action taken in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Hazing is also a violation of state law and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

(Revised April 2012)