Hazing Policy

The purpose of the Hazing Policy is to protect the safety and rights of all students of Philadelphia University who choose to join or associate with a sorority, fraternity, varsity sport, club or other organization that is affiliated with the University.  It applies to all such organizations whether its facilities are located on or off the University campus. Hazing of a student by any organization or group or its members is absolutely prohibited.

  1. For the purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as: any action or situation created intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.   Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: paddling in any form; use of alcohol; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests; treasure hunts; scavenger hunts; the wearing of public apparel, which is conspicuous and normally not in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and late work sessions or any activities which are not consistent with the policies and regulation of Philadelphia University.  Hazing also includes any action or situation which requires or encourages violation of public law.  The foregoing definition is based on the definition cited by the Fraternity Executives Association and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  2. Any alleged violations of the hazing policy by students and/or student organizations will be adjudicated in accordance with the University Judicial System and may result in such penalties including suspension or expulsion from the University, as is deemed appropriate.

The Student Government Association and the University administration will not tolerate hazing.   The Greek system; all student clubs and organizations; and athletic programs enhance community life, the University and its members. All segments of the University community must work together to maintain a positive atmosphere of social and moral responsibility.