Northern Arizona University promotes student organizations and the opportunities they provide for students. The University respects the right of each student organization to set its own criteria for membership and to establish its own procedures for selecting members as long as these policies are non-discriminatory and abide by University and Board of Regents Policy.
The University stands ready to assist in any of these areas and/or in providing leadership training for student organizations and their members in an effort to make student organizations a more positive and enriching experience for student members.
For more information about this specific university and statewide policy, please visit the NAU Policy Library website.
Definition of Hazing Accordion Closed
Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Board of Regents defines hazing as the following:
Any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, employee, or visitor whether individually, or in concert with other persons, against another person, in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with Northern Arizona University that contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation, or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.
Examples of Hazing Accordion Closed
Some examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:
- Paddling in any form
- Physical or psychological shocks
- Late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities
- Advocating or promoting alcohol or substance use and/or abuse
- Tests of endurance
- Submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances or activities, which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury
- Any activity that may have a potential to cause mental distress, panic, human degradation, or embarrassment
5 useful questions to consider when planning activities Accordion Closed
When you plan membership activities for your organization and when you are a participant in new membership orientation activities, we ask that you consider whether or not the activity could be viewed as hazing according to the definition stated above. It may be helpful for you to consider the following questions:
- What is the purpose of the activity?
- How does the activity contribute to the new member’s respect and love for the organization and/or them-self?
- Would you be willing to implement or participate in this activity in front of university administrators, alumnae, your parents or the parents of the new member?
- Would you be proud to be tagged online or have pictures posted to your social media of this activity?
- Would you be able to defend this activity in a court of law?