It is our goal to make the Ohio State Greek community hazing free. However, we can only do this by bringing together potential new members, current members, and university employees. By working together and ensuring we create an open and honest environment where there is zero-tolerance for hazing, we can make our Greek community hazing free.
According to our student code of conduct: Hazing is defined as doing, requiring or encouraging any act, whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon, in conjunction with initiation, continued membership, or participation in any group, that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm or humiliation.
Some examples of hazing include but are not limited to:
- Forced activities for recruits to ‘prove’ their worth to join
- Forced or required consumption of alcohol
- The humiliation of new or potential members
- The requirement to endure hardships such as staying awake, menial tasks, physical labor, running while blindfolded, etc
- Requirements for new or prospective members to do things established members are not required to do
- Illegal activities such as a requirement to steal local items as part of a scavenger hunt
It is important to remember that hazing can start with small little acts that can build, resulting in more harmful activities. If you are being told to do something that maybe makes you uncomfortable: ask yourself the following questions:
- Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
- Would we get in trouble if a school/college administrator walked by and saw us?
- Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?
- Am I doing anything illegal?
- Does participation in this activity violate my values or those of this organization?
- Is this causing emotional or physical distress or stress to myself or others?
Hazing is often rationalized as a way to build brotherhood. However, it often results in the opposite effect as it can isolate members of an organization or division between different groups in the chapter. Successful organizations know that hazing is not the way to build brotherhood in their organization.
If you are worried that you are being hazed, know someone who is being hazed, or would like to learn more, please refer to the additional tabs on this page or visit the Ohio State Student Code of Student Conduct here.