Hazing and Initiation

As a key component of its goal of creating a wholly inclusive and respectful community, the University of Portland strictly prohibits hazing. “Hazing” is defined as any behavior on or off campus that singles out members of this community or members of a student organization, group, club, athletic team, or residence hall in a manner that is unwelcome. Such behavior may or may not include taking action or creating a situation to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Due to the coercive nature of hazing, implied or expressed consent to hazing is not a defense under this policy. Examples of hazing may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Activities that induce pain or illness (e.g., coerced participation in calisthenics, boxing matches, or other physical contests)
  • Total or substantial nudity on the part of the person
  • Compelled ingestion of any substance by the person
  • Wearing or carrying any obscene or physically burdensome article on their person
  • Physical assaults upon or offensive physical contact with the person
  • Transportation and abandonment of the person
  • Confinement of the person to an unreasonably small, unventilated, unsanitary, or unlighted area
  • Assignment of pranks to be performed by the person
  • Compelled personal servitude by the person

This is not a comprehensive list of hazing activities. The University reserves the right to take action when it believes standards of human dignity have been violated. Additionally, if students from any residence hall, student organization, group, club, or athletic team violate this rule, the residence hall, student organization, group, club, or athletic team may also be subject to collective sanctions.