What is Hazing?
Hazing is defined as any act which could endanger the mental or physical safety of a student for the purpose of admission or continued membership with a group or organization. Hazing does not depend on an individuals willingness to take part.
Students may be interested in joining a group or organization such as a sports team, CUSA club or a Greek Organization to bond with peers of shared interests. In some cases organizations have an admission process (e.g. a tryout, pledge process, audition, etc.).
During such an admission process students should be aware of their rights to:
- Understand what the admission process entails.
- Understand what the expectations for incoming students interested in joining are.
- Expect fairness, mutual respect, and personal safety.
- Refuse to participate in any activity that they are not comfortable with.
If a student feels uncomfortable about an admission, recruitment, or pledging process they have the right to refuse and is encouraged to bring their concerns forward to the Office of Student Affairs. Any concerns brought forward are handled with confidentiality and sensitivity.
Carleton University’s Policy on Hazing
Carleton University does not tolerate hazing in any form – on or off campus. Hazing is a Major Offence under the Student Rights and Responsibility Policy. Everyone has different levels of comfort and what is acceptable to one may be damaging to another.
The following questions may help students identify potential hazing activities. Answering ‘yes’ to any of the following questions indicates an activity that has cause for concern.
- Are participants required to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind?
- Are new members being asked to do something that senior member would refuse?
- Does the activity involve humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment of the new members?
- Does the activity risk, threaten, or involve emotional or physical abuse?
- Would you wear your team uniform or fraternity/sorority letters in public while participating in the event?
- Do you have any reservations about describing the activity to your parents, professors, etc.?
- Would you object to media attention of the activity being run in newspaper or posted on social media?
There is a wealth of information available online about hazing. Carleton University student clubs, societies, Greek organizations and athletics teams are encouraged to educate themselves about hazing and how to prevent it.
The following links are just a few of the many resources and recent news articles that are available on hazing.