Hazing Policy

Heidelberg University prohibits any act of hazing done by or to any Heidelberg student.

  1. At Heidelberg University "hazing" is defined as follows:
    1. Any physical or mental request, requirement, action or obligation (whether on or off campus) created or placed upon any person which could or does cause undue discomfort, pain, injury, embarrassment, harassment, or ridiculous OR which violated any Federal, State, local statute or Heidelberg University policy including those established by the Heidelberg University Inter-Fraternity Council and the Heidelberg University Inter-Society Council."
  2. Heidelberg University defines the following as physical hazing:
    1. Shoving, hitting or pretending to hit any person, including paddling in any form.
    2. Performing acts which are or could be dangerous (particularly activities unsupervised by active members).
    3. Requiring or requesting the consumption of undue amounts of odd preparations or spoiled or live food including any amount of alcohol or drugs of any kind, or any food that is given that is not normally eaten that would or could cause harm.
    4. Unhealthy conditions. During New Member Education each New Member must have the opportunity to maintain a normal schedule, here defined as including three (3) reasonably spaced meals per day, the encouragement and opportunity for six to eight (6-8) hours of consecutive, uninterrupted sleep per twenty-four (24) hour period, and a reasonable time for daily personal hygiene.
    5. Excessive or abusive calisthenics.
    6. Yelling or shouting above a normal conversational tone by actives at a New Member (or vice versa)
    7. "Line-ups" of New Members not in compliance with the guidelines on noise levels.
  3. Heidelberg University defines the following as psychological hazing:
    1. Requiring the actual or pretended violation of the law.
    2. Violating accepted social customs in regard to sex.
    3. Requiring that a person do or submit any act that will alter his/her appearance in any significant degrees for a period longer than the pledging period.
    4. Telling a pledge that they will not be initiated based on their performance with the intent of causing the pledge unfounded stress.