Hazing Policy

All forms of hazing by any student and/or student organization, group team, etc. are strictly forbidden at all times on and off the campus of Michigan Technological University. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, knowingly, and/or recklessly to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, or possibly cause mental or physical harm or injury, regardless of the harmed party’s willingness to participate.

Hazing activities can be categorized as subtle, harassing, or violent. Subtle hazing typically includes a power differential between new and senior members of the organization or team. Behaviors are viewed to be "harmless", however they clearly violate mutual respect, and serve to embarrass or humiliate those targeted. Harassing hazing causes an emotional and physical discomfort on the victim. Violent hazing actually causes physical, emotional and/or psychological harm.

If hazing occurs within a student organization/ group/team, it will be presumed the officers have knowledge of, and condone, such activity(s). Disciplinary action may be taken against the leadership of the student organization/group/team, as well as against the student organization/group/team itself.

Students and/or student organizations/groups/teams charged and found responsible with a violation of the Hazing Policy can receive a sanction ranging from disciplinary probation to expulsion. Criminal prosecution may also be pursued. Please refer to the Code of Community Conduct for more information regarding the University’s administrative judicial process