Hazing is any conduct that causes or would reasonably be expected to cause another person to experience humiliation, degradation, abuse, intimidation, harassment, or endangerment of mental or physical health or safety as a condition of association with a group, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate and regardless of whether the organization or group is officially recognized. Acts of hazing by groups, individuals, and/or alumni are prohibited. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts but constitute complicity. Students and organizations may be charged separately through the University conduct process. (EQB Guide, 2019-2020)

Report Hazing

Concerned parent or family member? Friend suffering in secrecy? Something doesn't seem right?  Trust your instincts. Help stop hazing. Make a report.


Our approach to hazing prevention is comprehensive and campus-wide. We aim to provide safe and inclusive learning environments through this work, where student safety is the primary focus.


Hazing practices thrive in secrecy and are often guarded secrets within organizations. In the spirit of transparency, we are committed to sharing our community's history of hazing beginning in spring 2022.

Information for Families

We are committed to providing education and support to families at Sewanee. Trust your instincts and submit a report online if something doesn't seem right. It's not about getting students or their friends in trouble. It's about keeping students safe.


As a community, we should never tolerate the absence of dignity and respect for a student seeking to belong. These resources represent our ongoing effort to create positive change through awareness, education, and easy reporting options

National Hazing Statistics

Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sex acts are hazing practices common across student groups.


Allan, E.J. & Madden. M. (2008) Hazing in view: College students at risk, initial findings from the national study of student hazing. 

"Hazing isn't simply about the activity… it’s also about the process—the ways in which power and control are exercised among group members and how new members or rookies are made to feel about their place in the group.” (E. Allan, 2004)

Types of hazing
  • Forced/coerced alcohol consumption

  • Power imbalance between new members and the rest of the group

  • Beating/paddling or other forms of assault

  • Burning/branding

  • Verbal abuse

  • Personal servitude

  • Social isolation

  • Threats/intimidation

  • Embarrassing activities

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Exposure to extreme temperatures without appropriate protection

  • Pointless tasks