Hazing

VCU prohibits hazing by any chapter or student, including hazing as defined in the Student Code of Conduct and criminal hazing as defined in the Code of Virginia § 18.2-56. VCU will not tolerate any act of hazing by any group or individual.

Hazing shall include, but not be limited to, forcing, compelling, requiring, encouraging, or expecting, whether direct or implied, any individual to participate in any of the following actions or activities:

  1. Paddling;
  2. Kidnapping;
  3. All forms of physical activity which are used to harass, punish, or harm an individual;
  4. Excursions or road trips;
  5. Confinement;
  6. Spraying, painting, or pelting with any substance;
  7. Burying in any substance;
  8. Nudity with the intent to cause embarrassment;
  9. Servitude;
  10. Exposure to uncomfortable elements;
  11. Verbal abuse;
  12. Wearing, in public, of apparel which is conspicuous and/or indecent;
  13. Forcing consumption of alcohol or any other substance, legal or illegal;
  14. Depriving students of sufficient sleep (six consecutive hours per day is normally considered to be a minimum);
  15. Burning, branding, or tattooing any part of the body;
  16. Psychological hazing, defined as any act which is likely to:
    1. Compromise an individual’s dignity;
    2. Cause an individual embarrassment or shame;Cause an individual to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; or
    3. Cause an individual to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; orCause an individual emotional distress;
    4. Cause an individual emotional distress;
  17. Interrogating an individual in an intimidating or threatening manner;
  18. Misleading prospective members in an effort to convince them that they will not become members unless they complete tasks, follow instructions, or act in a certain way;
  19. Misleading prospective members into believing that they will be hurt during induction or initiation;
  20. Carrying any items (shields, paddles, bricks, hammers, etc.) that serve no constructive purpose or that are designed to punish or embarrass the carrier;
  21. Blindfolding and parading individuals in public areas, blindfolding and transporting in a motor vehicle, or privately conducting blindfolding activities that serve no constructive purpose;
  22. Binding or restricting an individual in any way that would prohibit them from moving on their own; and
  23. Requiring or suggesting that an individual obtain or possess items or complete tasks in an unlawful manner (i.e. for a scavenger hunt)

Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts.

An individual may not consent to being hazed, and a victim’s voluntary or willful participation in hazing activities will not be considered as a defense against a hazing violation by an individual or an organization.

Both individuals and organizations may be held responsible for their actions and participation in incidents of hazing, whether such incidents occur on or off-campus. If an investigation concludes that an individual or individuals directed, engaged in, aided or otherwise participated in, actively or passively, an incident of hazing, disciplinary action may be imposed against the individual(s) up to and including expulsion. If the investigation concludes that an organization knowingly permitted, authorized, or condoned hazing, disciplinary action may be imposed against the entire organization up to and including permanent loss of recognition.

How to Report Suspected Hazing

Any suspected hazing by an FSL chapter or member should be reported to VCU in-person to the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Conduct and Academic Integrity, by phone (804) 828-8940 (MPC) |(804) 828-0525 (MCV), or by electronic communication vcudean@vcu.edu, and may be done anonymously through VCU’s HELPline.

It shall be a violation of university policy for an individual or organization to retaliate against a student or other person for reporting a suspected incident of hazing or cooperating in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding regarding an incident of hazing