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Office of Student Conduct

University Hazing Policy

Hazing is strictly prohibited

Hazing is a fundamental violation of human dignity. It is strictly prohibited at the University of Maryland - College Park. The University defines hazing as "intentionally or recklessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily harm, or severe emotional distress, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or university regulations, for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a student group or organization, as defined by the Code of Student Conduct." The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense.

Examples of hazing

Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • forced consumption of alcohol or other substances
  • sleep deprivation
  • use of alcohol in drinking games or contests
  • paddling
  • forced tattooing or branding
  • creation of excessive fatigue
  • severe psychological shocks or humiliation (as defined by a reasonable person under all the circumstances)
  • compulsory servitude
  • theft or misuse of property belonging to others

Penalties for hazing

Aggravated violations of this policy, as defined in Part 2 (a) of the Code of Student Conduct, normally result in suspension or expulsion from the University, or revocation suspension or expulsion or registration for a student group or denial of recognition or registration for a student group or organization, even for a first offense. Individuals who participate in acts of hazing are personally accountable under this policy, and the Code of Student Conduct, regardless of the outcome of any related case brought against a student group or organization.

The responsibilities to challenge and report hazing

All members of the university community share the responsibility to challenge and make known to the Office of Student Conduct acts of apparent hazing.

Apathy in the presence of hazing, or acquiescence to hazing, are not neutral acts. Individuals who participate in acts of hazing as perpetrators or victims are personally accountable under this policy, and the Code of Student Conduct.


Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life 301.314.7172
Office of Student Conduct 301.314.8204
University Police 301.405.3333