What is Hazing?

Under Pennsylvania law, hazing is defined as follows and may constitute a misdemeanor crime:

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 sanction of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education. The term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property. For purposes of this definition, any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding." (P.S. §§5252-5253)

How To Identify Hazing

If you're wondering if something is hazing, ask some questions.

  • Is this activity degrading and/or demeaning?
  • Is there a risk of injury or question of safety?
  • Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?
Learn to Identify Hazing

Did You Know?

True or False? The whole group or organization is not at fault if a hazing act only contains a small group of members.

  • FALSE — No matter how many members are involved, the entire organization may be held responsible.
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How To Report Hazing

Bucknell University is committed to the health and safety of our students. Hazing violates Pennsylvania State law and University policy.

If you have been the victim of hazing, have witnessed hazing or suspect that someone you know has been hazed, you can report anonymously to University officials.

Make a Report
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