What Is Hazing?
Hazing is any initiation (or pre-initiation) method into a campus organization or activity that causes (or is likely to cause):
- Physical injury
- Personal degradation or disgrace
- Psychological harm
Learn more about the various forms of hazing, how to spot it, and what to ask yourself in determining if your planned activity is hazing.
Hazing Is Against UC Policy
To reiterate, the official UC policy defines hazing as:
Participation in hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a campus organization or other activity engaged in by the organization or members of the organization at any time that causes, or is likely to cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm to any student or other person.
Hazing Is Against the Law
Named after Chico State University student Matt Carrington, who died from water intoxication caused by hazing, Matt’s Law made hazing an official crime in California.
Hazing May Have Legal Consequences
Those convicted of hazing may incur:
- A criminal record
- Financial penalties
- Imprisonment (if hazing which meets the guidelines for a felony)
Hazing victims may also sue participants, including individuals or organizations who knew about the hazing and had the power to stop it but failed to do so.
How to Report Hazing
Report hazing immediately to:
- UC Police Department at (951) 827-5222.
- Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs at (951) 827-4208.
- Christine Bender at Residential Life, (951) 827-7538.
- You can also complete a Public Incident Report online.
Additional On-Campus Resources
- Student Life can help your student org develop membership recruitment processes and discuss specific organizational concerns.
- Residence Life staff members (resident directors, resident advisors, programming coordinators, etc.) are all available to help you.
- Counseling & Psychological Services is a good place to go for emotional support.
- Download our Hazed and Confused brochure.
- Access Hazing Warning Signs and what you can do about them.
- Peer mentors from Golden ARCHES can provide basic education on hazing issues.
- Visit StopHazing.org for articles, resource lists, hazing types, and recommendations on how to end hazing for good.
- Visit Inside Hazing for an archive of hazing incidents, resource lists, and videos.
- Access the Alfred Study, a high school hazing study.
- Access the How Many Athletes Are Hazed, another Alfred University study focused on hazing in athletics.
- Access the NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook to get best practices for preventing hazing in athletics.