What is Hazing?

Hazing is prohibited and defined as any method of initiation into a student organization, athletic team or living group, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to that organization or group which, with or without the consent of the participant(s):

  • Causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious psychological or emotional harm, to any student or other person; or
  • Subjects a student or other person to conduct or conditions which a reasonable person in the circumstances would find harmful, including by not limited to excessive mental or physical discomfort, food, liquid, alcohol or drug abuse, physical confinement, abandonment, verbal or physical abuse, or substantial interference with the person's educational pursuits;
  • Otherwise involves a violation of a law or university policy or which encourages a student or other person to violate a law or university policy, including but not limited to the Student Integrity Code, Alcohol and Drug Policy, Campus Policy, Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, and Campus Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment. 


All Puget Sound students, staff, and faculty are required to take reasonable measures to prevent violations of the hazing policy and to report violations.

Learn more about University's Hazing Policy