It is the policy of John Carroll University that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with education and are prohibited at all times. No student, including leaders of student organizations, may plan, encourage, or engage in hazing. No student, staff, faculty member, alumni(ae) or other employee of John Carroll University may encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate any hazing activity.

Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another person to do any act that causes, or creates a risk of causing, psychological or physical harm to any person. Hazing includes actions or situations that could or do result in mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or endangerment whether intentional, for fun, or by consent. Hazing is also coercing another person to violate any University policy. Obvious examples of hazing include but are not limited to: whipping, beating, or branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to weather; forced or required consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or any substance; any brutal or cruel treatment; and, any activity which subjects any student or other person to ridicule, mental stress, or undue physical endurance.

Students, staff, faculty members, alumnae/i and all other employees of John Carroll University should be alert to possible situations, circumstances or events which might include hazing.

If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, involved students will be informed by the discovering person of the prohibition contained in this policy and will be required to end all hazing activities immediately. All hazing activities must be reported immediately to the Dean of Students Office and the Director of Student Engagement.

Students violate this policy if they do not report incidents of hazing or potential hazing to the Director of Student Engagement or to the Dean of Students Office. Staff, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to University and/or national organization disciplinary action and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws.