Sewanee’s Approach to Hazing Prevention

The community at Sewanee is one of our strongest assets. We share a commitment to fostering a caring, safe, and educational environment for our students and to creating a campus climate that supports healthy relationships. Being a member of a team, group, or organization is one of the most impactful experiences for learning and growth available to our students. All students must be able to participate in this aspect of campus life and expect to be treated with respect and dignity.

Hazing is abusive behavior that interferes with community members' ability to thrive as leaders and learners. Traditions, rituals, and initiations that involve alcohol consumption, verbal abuse, sleep deprivation, or humiliating or degrading activities are harmful, dangerous, and violate University policy. Such behaviors are detrimental and unnecessary to creating community, trust, and a sense of belonging. Hazing has no place in our community. 

Sewanee's hazing prevention model is grounded in a public health approach encompassing prevention at multiple levels. We all have a responsibility to help stop hazing by being informed and committing to hazing prevention. Read on for more information about how to identify and report hazing, learn more about our campus-wide approach to prevention, and how to help stop hazing at Sewanee.

Our Model

Institutional Commitment

As senior leaders at the University, the Vice-Chancellor's Cabinet are committed to promoting awareness and understanding of hazing, and to creating a culture that stops hazing before it starts. We believe such action is critical to hazing prevention. As such, we are proud to share our campus wide initiative for hazing prevention at Sewanee.

Read the Letter


  • Chapter Hazing Prevention Workshop, January 17, 2022 
  • Sorority New Member Educator Training, January 18, 2022 
  • Fraternity New Member Educator Training, January 19, 2022
  • Fraternity/Sorority Parent and Family Information Session, January 27, 2022
  • Bystander Intervention Training for Fraternity/Sorority New Members, February 15, 2022 
  • Residential Life Proctor Training, February 16 - 19, 2022 
  • Love, Mom and Dad: Turning Tragedy into Progress, February 21, 2022