Hazing Policy

The University forbids hazing and all other activities that interfere with the personal liberty of an individual. The University defines hazing as any action taken or situation created, whether on or off University premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with, admission to, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group, team, club, or other organization.  Such actions and situations may include but are not limited to the following:

  • paddling in any form;
  • creation of excessive fatigue;
  • physical and psychological shocks;
  • quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside the confines of the University;
  • wearing apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
  • engaging in stunts and buffoonery;
  • requiring sleepovers, degrading or humiliating games and activities;
  • late work sessions or activities that interfere with scholastic activities and/or normal sleeping hours;
  • forced consumption of alcohol;
  • falsely leading an individual or individuals to believe that they will be inducted/initiated by participating in particular activities;
  • removing public or private property; and
  • forcing individuals to participate in activities that are not consistent with the University's mission, rules, regulations, and policies or federal, state, or local law.

Acceptance of an activity on the part of a new member or individual does not justify participation in or sponsorship of the activity.  Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Director of Athletics, a sport administrator, the Dean of Students or the Office of Judicial Affairs.

Note:  Hazing activities may also violate the Illinois Hazing Act, 720 ILCS §120/0.01 et seq Life.

Positive Purple Pride

The Northwestern Athletics department encourages each team to establish positive team building and leadership activities as a means to build team camaraderie and trust.

The department has created a grant program that will offer up to $250 in funding on an annual basis to each varsity team that submits a "Positive Purple Pride" funding request that outlines its plan for positive team building and/or leadership activities (teams that have more than 25 on the roster are eligible to receive up to $10 per person). The funding will be utilized to offset the cost of the positive team building activities. To receive an application, please see Aaron Hosmon in Compliance.