The University of North Florida takes a strong stance against hazing, and strictly enforces an anti-hazing policy. Any actions or statements amounting to hazing or intimidation are prohibited and will be dealt with by the University wherever possible.
UNF's official policy on hazing is the Prohibition on Hazing, Policy Number 5.0020R. Hazing is defined by the University as: “any group or individual action or activity which recklessly or intentionally inflicts or intends to inflict physical or mental harm or discomfort, or which may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participant(s)”.
Examples include, but are not limited to: pressuring or coercing a student into violating state or federal law; any action that intentionally or recklessly causes physical or mental harm, such as beating, branding, forced physical activity or exposure to the elements, or forced consumption of alcohol or any other substance. The policy applies to either group or individual actions, whether they are conducted on or off campus.
Hazing is a criminal offense in Florida, and UNF shares the national concern over the negative effects of hazing on the campus environment. The University will take strong and swift action against any instances of hazing, and will refer to local or state authorities for criminal prosecution whenever appropriate.
UNF is dedicated to ensuring that hazing has no place in campus life.
How to report
Anyone with knowledge of a suspected act of hazing should contact the University. In particular, UNF faculty and staff have a duty to report any such acts. Reports can be made to one of the following authorities: