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SJU Policy on Hazing


Hazing is defined as “any action or situation created intentionally, whether on or off campus premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.” Saint Joseph’s University prohibits all forms of hazing. The Anti-Hazing Law of Pennsylvania states that any person who causes or participates in hazing commits a misdemeanor of the third degree. It also includes the willful destruction or removal of public or private property in its definition of hazing. 

 Aside from the legal aspect of hazing, the University believes that hazing is contrary to the Christian teaching of human dignity and contradicts an environment of friendship, maturity and charity within its collegiate community.

Individuals found responsible of hazing may be fined, placed on probation, suspended or dismissed. Likewise, organizations, clubs and teams may be fined, placed on probation or disbanded. Other sanctions may also be appropriately issued. Organizations, teams, or chapters may also face sanctions by University departments under which they function. For Greek Life chapters this also includes sanctions from national/international organizations.


Specific violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Requiring the participation in conduct that is in violation of any federal, state, or local law or any University policy, rule, or regulation.
  • Requiring the consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance;
  • Requiring participation in physical activities, such as calisthenics, exercise, or other games or activities requiring physical exertion;
  • Exposing another to weather elements or other physically or emotionally uncomfortable situations;
  • Forcing excessive fatigue from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercise;
  • Requiring anything that can be reasonably expected to be morally offensive to another;
  • Committing or requiring any act that demeans another based on race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, or age;
  • Committing any act of physical brutality against another, including, but not limited to, paddling, striking with fists, open hands or objects, and branding;
  • Kidnapping or transporting another with the intent of stranding him or her;
  • Committing verbal abuse;
  • Forcing or requiring conduct that can be reasonably expected to embarrass or adversely affect the dignity of another, including the performance of public stunts and activities such as scavenger hunts;
  • Intentionally creating work or labor for another;
  • Denying sufficient time for study or other academic activities; or
  • Committing or requiring another to commit any sexual act or engage in lewd behavior.

For purposes of this policy, any activity as described, in which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.