Philosophy for New Member Education
No student should ever be harmed or degraded while seeking membership in any student organization at the University of Rochester. When choosing to join an organization, individuals should be treated according to the Communal Principles of the College:
- New members are treated with fairness through openly-stated expectations and clear communication about new member activities.
- New members experience the freedom to learn and express themselves without threat to their education or well-being.
- Trust is built between individuals through honesty, which strengthens interpersonal connections within an organization.
- Through inclusion, the new member program brings people together rather than setting up divisions between new members and other students.
- Existing members demonstrate respect by valuing new members’ differences and showing regard for their well-being and safety.
Existing members model responsibility by demonstrating effective leadership and educating new members in a way that prevents physical or emotional harm.
University of Rochester Anti-Hazing Policy
The University’s Hazing Policy can be found in the Standards for Student Conduct.
In general, hazing describes actions or activities that do not contribute to a new member’s positive development. Common examples of hazing violate the Communal Principles, such as:
- Withholding information from new members (Inclusion and Honesty)
- Making new members subservient to others and interfering with their pursuit of ordinary activities (Freedom and Respect)
- Putting new members in harmful situations, including activities that cause excessive fatigue or forced consumption of any kind (Responsibility)
- Asking new members to meet higher standards than other members (Fairness)
Community members who are concerned that a student is being hazed can provide support by telling the student of the concern, describe to them observations leading to that concern (e.g. lack of sleep, changes in mood), and asking that person how to be helpful while reinforcing that hazing is against the values of the community.
Individuals can consult an advisor or professional staff member for clarification about the hazing policy. The CARE Network and harassment/bias related incident form are resources for supporting individuals who are hazed as well as addressing the activities that cause concern.