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Organization Definitions

Hazing is a shared concern among Denison’s campus partners. Many organizations and entities at Denison, whether national or Denison-specific, often have their own hazing definitions and policies. Individual members of these organizations are responsible for understanding and abiding by their organization’s policies, understanding that Denison’s policy supersedes all others.

NCAA Definition

Hazing as defined by National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Hazing is 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.

Fraternal Information & Programming Group

Hazing as defined by Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG), a national organization dedicated to promoting risk management within fraternity/sorority life.

No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Permission or approval by a person being hazed is not a defense. Hazing activities are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. 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, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; 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, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.”

North-American Interfraternity Conference

For the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the trade association representing 75 International and National Men's Fraternities, see FIPG’s definition of hazing.

National Panhellenic Conference

Hazing as defined by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the governing council for PHC sororities.

The definition of hazing includes acts that embarrass, humiliate, degrade or ridicule. Unfortunately, hazing is a rite that can often begin as early as elementary school yard bullying. The act of hazing is not a subjective one or open to subjective interpretation. Most universities and colleges with Greek communities post their anti-hazing policies online.

National PanHellenic Council

Hazing as defined by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing organization for NPHC sororities.

The definition of hazing has been held to include any action taken or situation created that involves or results in abusive, physical contact or mutual harassment of a prospective Fraternity or Sorority member; and that any such action is considered hazing, whether it occurs on or off the Fraternity or Sorority premises, campus or place where chapters or prospective meets: and that hazing has also been described to include any action that results in excessive mutual discomfort, embarrassment or harassment; that such activities include, but are not limited to paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shock, morally degrading or humiliating activities, late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities and any other activities inconsistent with fraternal law and regulations and policies of the affiliated educational institution and federal, state or local law.