Hazing Policies

University of Delaware 2012-13 Code of Conduct


  1. Hazing is any action taken toward, or circumstance directed at, one or more students, which action or circumstance exposes such student(s) to unpleasant, harassing, embarrassing, degrading or hazardous conditions, the endurance of which is intended to be a condition upon which the student(s) may become a member of, or participate with, any group, regardless of whether the group is recognized by the University or has been formally organized.  It is intended that the term “group” be interpreted in the broadest sense and could mean, for example, a particular section of a residence hall, students in a particular program or informal clubs or gatherings of students.  Specific violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:
  1. Requiring the consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance;
  2. Requiring participation in physical activities, such as calisthenics, exercise, or other games or activities requiring physical exertion;
  3. Exposing another to weather elements or other physically or emotionally uncomfortable situations;
  4. Forcing excessive fatigue from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercise;
  5. Requiring anything that would be illegal under any applicable law, including laws of the State of Delaware or City of Newark, Delaware;
  6. Requiring anything that can be reasonably expected to be morally offensive to another;
  7. Committing or requiring any act that demeans another based on race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, or age;
  8. Committing any act of physical brutality against another, including, but not limited to, paddling, striking with fists, open hands or objects, and branding;
  9. Kidnapping or transporting another with the intent of stranding him or her;
  10. Committing verbal abuse;
  11. 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;
  12. Intentionally creating work or labor for another;
  13. Denying sufficient time for study or other academic activities; or
  14. Committing or requiring another to commit any sexual act or engage in lewd behavior.
  1. Students have a duty to avoid being hazed. Therefore, it shall be an offense under this section for a student to permit himself or herself to be hazed, subject only to the defense that the student could not reasonably have prevented the hazing.