The University of Pennsylvania is a scholarly community. Each member of our community is expected to respect the rights of others to participate in the academic and social life of the University. Hazing is inconsistent with the goals and purposes of the University and is explicitly forbidden. The following Regulations apply to all University students and student groups, irrespective of whether those groups are recognized, registered, or identified as being affiliated with the University.
I. Hazing: Definition
A. For purposes of these Regulations, and consistent with the Anti-Hazing Law of Pennsylvania, hazing means any action or situation (1) which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or (2) which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, an organization operating under the sanction of, or recognized, registered, or identified by the University including, without limitation, fraternities and sororities ("organization"). For purposes of these Regulations, any activity as described herein upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned, regardless of whether that organization is recognized by or registered with the University, shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
B. Examples of types of prohibited behavior follow. These examples are merely illustrative of specific forbidden practices and are not intended to be all inclusive.
C. There are time and place limitations on all organization activities related to new member orientation, pledging, and initiation. For purposes of this section, orientation or pledging activities include anything expected or required of an applicant or new member in an organization.
Penalties for engaging in hazing activities include University sanctions against individuals and organizations, and criminal sanctions under state law.
All students, whether or not they are affiliated with an organization, are governed by the Guidelines on Open Expression and the Code of Conduct.
Infractions of the Anti-Hazing Regulations are subject to sanctions described in the Charter of the Student Disciplinary System. These sanctions include the following: warning, reprimand, fine, restitution, disciplinary probation for a specified period, withdrawal of privileges, indefinite probation (i.e., probation whenever and as long as the respondent is a full- or part-time student at the University), term suspension (ordinarily not to exceed two years), indefinite suspension with no automatic right of readmission, or expulsion.
C. Criminal and Civil Liability
In addition to the sanctions described above, a student or organization may be subject to civil liability or to criminal liability under Pennsylvania's Anti-Hazing or other laws.
Updated March 16, 2018