The Student who may be a Target of Hazing

Your responsibilities are not to diagnose or provide therapy; it is the development of a compassionate and forthright conversation that ultimately helps a student in trouble find understanding, support, and the proper therapeutic resources.

Facts about hazing:

  • Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created on or off campus, which recklessly or intentionally produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
  • Hazing, in any form, is prohibited at the University of North Florida.
  • Hazing is sometimes used as a rite of passage or initiation into a campus organization.
  • Hazing can be psychologically damaging and present serious physical risks (including death) to students.
  • A student may or may not know that hazing will be a part of an initiation process.
  • A student may or may not know how extreme hazing might become during an initiation process.
  • Hazing is illegal in the State of Florida.
  • Recognize that the student may be feeling vulnerable and experiencing a range of emotions.

Reporting Options Include:

  • The Dean of Students (904) 620-1491.
  • The UNF Police Department (904) 620-2800.
  • The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, http://www.unf.edu/fraternity-sorority/, 904-620-2975.
  • The Counseling Center (904) 620-2602, if appropriate. 
  • Inform the student that they may file a report with the Title IX Administrator (904) 620-2513 to begin an investigation.

Additional information available at www.hazingprevention.org.