The University of Tampa is committed to providing a safe, meaningful and enjoyable fraternity/sorority experience rooted in values and member development. Hazing of active or new members is illegal and prohibited in both organizational and University policies. Hazing is defined as any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, embarrasses, frightens or degrades a person or which destroys or removes public/private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership, in a group, organization or team. The expressed or implied consent of the alleged person against whom the actions have been taken will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not considered a neutral act; it is a contribution to the act of hazing. For more information on how the University defines hazing, review the Student Code of Conduct here
Each chapter must evaluate the mission and purpose of its new membership program to ensure it makes a positive contribution toward the development of new members. Any reported incident of hazing will result in an investigation and possible judicial action by the University, inter/national organization and local jurisdictions. For additional resources on how to identify, address and eliminate hazing, explore the following websites:
The National Anti-Hazing Hotline can be contacted, toll-free, at (888) NOT-HAZE. All information will remain confidential.