If you're wondering if something is hazing, look for key indicators and ask some questions.

These lists were complied from online sources stophazing.org and hazingprevention.org.

Key Indicators

  • the activity is degrading and/or demeaning
  • there is risk of injury or question of safety
  • alcohol or drugs are present
  • use of cryptic language to describe an event, activity or interaction
  • active members would be unwilling to participate with the new members and engage in the same activity
  • active and new members are unwilling to discuss the activity with advisers, coaches, family members, headquarters, or prospective members
  • members justifying actions as "tradition" in an attempt to convince others that it is an acceptable event
  • changes in behavior such as oversleeping, constant exhaustion, an inability to focus
  • a drop in GPA

Ask Yourself

Would I feel uncomfortable participating in this activity if my family were watching?

Would a University administrator disapprove of this activity?

Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?

Am I doing anything illegal?

Does participation in an activity violate my values or those of my organization?

Is it causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to me or others?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, please make a report.


Which of the following is considered hazing?

  1. Asking new members to participate in a round of flip cup.
  2. Asking new members to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire.
  3. Not allowing new members to associate with new members from other organizations.
  4. Asking new members to sign in for events that other members are not attending.
  5. All of the above.

ALL of the above. — Any act that contains alcohol, drinking games, servitude, isolation or association with specific students or groups, or attending events in place of other members are all considered hazing.

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.
Test Your Hazing Knowledge

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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