uncg statement on hazing

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro does not support any forms of hazing. Community members are encouraged utilize the Concerning Behavior Form if they are concerned about potential hazing incidents.

Hazing is defined as:

Any action taken or situation created, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule is considered hazing, regardless of the willingness of the participant. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks, road trips or any other such activities conducted on or off campus; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, the five University values (honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility), or the regulations and policies of the University or applicable state law.

Definition adopted from the FIPG Risk Management Manual (2003)

anti-Hazing Resources

UNC Greensboro is home to over 250 student groups, offering opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals around common interests, talents, or fields of study. Becoming a member of a student group is a great way to make friends and connect with the UNC Greensboro community.

Finding where you belong here should be based on camaraderie and shared interests, not hazing, which devalues your membership and what you bring to the group. If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

Scholarship. Leadership. Unity. Service. Legacy. These are the pillars upon which Fraternity & Sorority Life at UNC Greensboro stands. In upholding these values and those of the member organizations, there is no room for hazing.

Fraternities and sororities have been part of the fabric of UNC Greensboro for nearly 40 years. These brother and sisterhood based organizations strive to build positive, lifelong relationships within and between organizations, as well as beyond our campus walls. Practices with harm, belittle, or demean our students are antithetical to building those bonds, and are against our values and the Student Code of Conduct. Our members receive training from both campus and their respective national organizations to avoid hazing, and organizations that are found responsible of perpetrating such will be held accountable. If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

Our Spartan student-athletes strive for excellence on an off the field of play. For many of you, part of the power of sport is being part of a team, a value that began before you came to UNC Greensboro and will continue throughout your life.

Teams are built around shared experience, skill, and mutual respect – not hazing. Beyond the UNC Greensboro Student Code of Conduct, the NCAA defines hazing as, “any act committed against someone joining or becoming a member or maintaining membership in any organization that is humiliating, intimidating or demeaning, or endangers the health and safety of the person. Hazing includes active or passive participation in such acts and occurs regardless of the willingness to participate in the activities. Hazing creates an environment/climate in which dignity and respect are absent.” To engage in such jeopardizes not only you and your teammates’ personal well-being, but your ability to compete.

The NCAA provides the following data:

  • 74% of student-athletes experience at least one form of hazing while in college
  • 47% of student-athletes who report hazing indicate the behavior is “participating in drinking games”

The NCAA publishes a comprehensive guide for hazing prevention. Learn more in the NCAA Hazing Prevention in College Athletics handbook. If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

Club sports present an excellent athletic outlet for UNC Greensboro students, and your drive to compete led you to join organizations based around not only that competition, but also friendships. Being part of a team allows you to continue or begin your activity here.

Hazing is antithetical to be building of a team. Bonds are built around competition, fair play, and camaraderie will go much further than any physically, mentally, or emotionally dangerous hazing practices disguised as “tradition.” If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

It has been your talent that has gotten you this far, and talent should be what you need to succeed. We know that you strive hard for excellence, and that discipline and commitment are necessary to achieve your goals. As you seek admission into any production, company, or ensemble, the process should never involve hazing, regardless of the desire to join or prestige of membership. If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

When students arrive on campus, we know they bring with them a lifetime of experiences and values instilled at home. As your student continues to grow with us at UNC Greensboro, you no doubt want to know that they are in a safe, nurturing environment. It is our priority to ensure all in the campus community are safe. We strive to ensure this environment is free of activities that could harm your student, including hazing. To this end, our campus is committed to combating this practice in all spaces. We also welcome your help. If you know or suspect hazing is taking place, you may report it using the Concerning Behavior Form.

north carolina state hazing law

The North Carolina State Hazing Law can be viewed at the link provided.

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