Hazing Policy


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students at the University of Richmond are not subjected to any type of hazing when joining a fraternity, sorority, athletic team or any other University of Richmond sponsored student group.

Definition of Hazing

Hazing is defined as any action or situation, created intentionally or unintentionally and with or without the consent of the persons subjected to the action or situation that produces mental or physical harm, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.

University of Richmond Policy on Hazing

No student or any person affiliated with the University of Richmond shall engage in hazing, as defined above.

If, in the determination of the University's Code of Conduct and subsequent to a hearing conducted according to University procedure, any student or person affiliated with the University is found to have committed any act prohibited herein, then such student or person affiliated with the University of Richmond shall be subject to penalties in accordance with this policy and the University of Richmond's Student Code of Conduct.

The penalties set for below may be imposed for violations of this policy regardless of whether the violation occurred on or off campus, and shall be in addition to any other penalty to which the offending student(s) may be subject for violations of the State of Virginia's criminal law and any other applicable law rule, or regulation.

Individuals subject to the University of Richmond jurisdiction found guilty of hazing violations may be subject to suspension.

Organizations subject to the University of Richmond jurisdiction that authorize hazing in disregard of this policy may be penalized by revocation of organization registration, revocation of permission to meet on campus or to use campus facilities, and/or revocation of the right to exist at the University of Richmond.

Created 9/5/07

Examples of Hazing

Examples of forbidden hazing activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Intimidation, threats and verbal hostility;
  • Rough wrestling matches and football games;
  • Hitting an individual with paddles, even in so-called fun exchanges, and other types of beatings;
  • Sexually degrading activities, including stripping, simulation of sexual acts, improper touching, or sexually explicit chants and songs;
  • Pressuring an individual to get a brand or tattoo or to shave his or her head;
  • Dousing an individual with dangerous substances;
  • Requiring an individual to eat unpleasant-tasting food;
  • Requiring an individual to sleep in uncomfortable places or depriving them of sleep;
  • Forcing an individual to do physical exercise;
  • Forcing an individual to swim, which can result in drowning;
  • Forcing an individual to wear unusual clothing;
  • The keeping of pledge books and/or forcing an individual to get member's or alumni's signatures;
  • Requiring an individual to memorize non-essential information;
  • Isolating an individual from other group members; or
  • An activity that intentionally or unintentionally subjects an individual to mental or physical harm, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule;
  • Forcing an individual to do personal errands of any kind.