How is hazing @ NU defined?
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off University premises and whether presented as optional or required, to produce: mental, physical, or emotional discomfort; servitude; degradation; embarrassment; harassment; or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with, or admission to, or as a condition for continued membership in a group, team, or other organization, regardless of an individual’s willingness to participate.
How are students aware of the hazing policy?
How can I report an incident or concern of hazing?
Visit our 'How to Report Hazing' page to learn more about and/or report a concern of hazing.
What is considered hazing?
Such actions and situations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Who can I talk to if I had questions about hazing?
If you have questions about what could be hazing or would like to discuss tradition/practices or need assistance in improving the effectiveness of your organization's new member orientation process, please contact the Office of Campus Life at email@example.com.
What happens after I report an incident of hazing?
The Office of Community Standards will review all concerns related to hazing and work collaboratively with campus partners to ensure the concerning behavior is addressed appropriately.
Can I report a concern of hazing anonymously?
Yes, you are welcome to report anonymously but it is important that you provide as much information as possible so follow up can be down accurately.
Is there an amnesty policy for hazing?
At this time, the university does not have an Amnesty policy specific to hazing, however, the Amnesty through Responsible Action is in place to assist intoxicated/impaired individuals for seeking assistance without fear of disciplinary sanctions.
What trainings are available at NU around hazing prevention?
There are a variety of wellness programs student leaders, clubs and organizations can enroll that will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent hazing practices.
Who completes hazing prevention education at Northwestern?
All incoming undergraduate enrollees complete an online hazing prevention education course prior to or during their first term of enrollment at Northwestern. New Student Engagement communicates information about this requirement throughout the orientation process. This establishes a standard for all undergraduates with a common understanding of the definition of hazing, considerations if they find themselves in the midst of hazing, and resources to support them. In addition to this requirement for incoming undergraduates, varsity athletes, student organization leaders, and fraternity & sorority chapter leaders complete supplemental hazing prevention education given the responsibility of their roles at Northwestern.