Hazing and Initiation

The University of Portland prohibits hazing or hazing-like initiations by students on or off University property.  Hazing is the practice of subjecting others to conduct that endangers the physical, emotional, mental health or safety of an individual or that destroys or damages personal property as a condition or precondition of attaining membership, inclusion, or leadership in a student organization, group, club, athletic team, or residence hall.  Hazing behavior may include the facilitation of or acquiescence to a situation to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Any group, student organization, club, or athletic team that violates this rule may also be subject to appropriate disciplinary action toward that group. Due to the coercive nature of hazing, implied or expressed consent to hazing is not a defense under this policy.  Inaction in the presence of hazing or hazing-like initiations may also be a violation of this policy.

Prohibited behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Acts that are prohibited under any applicable law, including but not limited to ORS 163.197, under which hazing is a criminal violation
  • Compelling conduct to embarrass or adversely affect the dignity of another, including but not limited to the performance of public stunts and activities, personal servitude by another, or assignment of pranks
  • Acts that induce pain or illness or otherwise endanger the physical health and/or safety of another
  • Compelling participation in physical activities, including but not limited to calisthenics or physical contests
  • Compelling consumption of any food, liquid, or substance, including but not limited to alcohol, cannabis, or controlled substance
  • Committing or threatening to commit any act of physical brutality, assault, or harm toward another
  • Compelling another to commit any sexual act
  • Compelling any act that results in the destruction, defacement or removal of private or public property
  • Compelling physically or emotionally uncomfortable situations, including but not limited to exposure to weather elements, total or partial nudity, transportation and abandonment of the person, or confinement to unreasonable spaces.
  • Inducing, causing, or requiring an individual to perform a duty or task that involves the commission of a crime or an act of hazing