The University of Washington prohibits student organizations and their members from engaging individually or collectively in hazing activities. Hazing is defined as an act committed as part of a person’s recruitment, initiation, pledging, admission into, or affiliation with a student organization, athletic team, or living group, or any pastime that is likely to cause bodily danger or physical harm, or serious psychological or emotional harm, to any student or person regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.

Hazing activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Forced consumption of food, liquid, alcohol, drugs, or other substances
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Any Form of Questioning Under Pressure or Uncomfortable Situation
  • Requiring New Members to Wear Ridiculous Costumes or Perform Ridiculous Activities
  • Ignoring New Members
  • Any Forms of Demerits
  • Duties Only Assigned to New Members
  • Depriving New Members of Privileges

Please click here to learn more about hazing and our hazing prevention program.

To make a report of hazing, please click here.  If you have any more questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Hazing Prevention and Response Specialist at

Policy References

Policy Owner

Community Standards and Student Conduct

David C. Hall Building (Formerly Hall Health) 303

UW Box 354415

4060 E Stevens Way

Seattle, WA 98195