Per Loyola’s Community Standards, hazing is a broad term encompassing actions or activities often associated with initiation or group associations which inflict or attempt to cause mental or physical harm or anxiety, or which demean, degrade, or disgrace any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participants. Hazing can also be defined as any behavior that intentionally or unintentionally endangers the physical or mental health of a student for the purpose of initiation, full admission, or affiliation with any organization or group. Any activity that promotes a class system or subjects a certain sub-group to subservience in any form may also be considered hazing. Hazing is expressly prohibited by the university and by Illinois law (720 ILCS 120). More information and resources can be found in the Community Standards and at www.hazingprevention.org.
Hazing Prevention at Loyola
Loyola takes hazing seriously and works hard to make sure that all students are welcomed into the community without threats to physical and emotional safety. As such, departments on campus implement many prevention strategies to prevent hazing on campus. These include but are not limited to:
- Training for all sorority and fraternity new members.
- In addition to an in-person workshop, a module is created for all members, including new members who could not attend the workshop, to access at any time on LUCommunity.
- Training for sorority and fraternity leadership (Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Proxy)
- Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) reviews and contributes to the Center for Student Engagement's Student Organization Handbook annually.
- Training for Campus Activity Network (CAN) leadership.
- NCAA compliance workshop for all student-athletes and coaches
- Anonymous surveys each semester sent to all student-athletes that ask about hazing
- Exit interviews with graduating student-athletes
- Athletics and OSCCR regularly check in (weekly basis) regarding all conduct and conflict resolution matters.
- Training for all Club Sports Presidents, Vice Presidents, Treasurers, and Safety Officers.
- In addition to the 3 in-person workshops, a module is created in the event of turnover of any club leadership.
- OSCCR reviews and contributes to the Club Sports newsletter sent out at the start of each semester by Campus Recreation.
- OSCCR reviews and contributes to Campus Recreation’s Club Sports manual annually.
How to Report Hazing
All members of the Loyola community, including non-Loyola partners and neighbors, have the right to report alleged student misconduct to the University. All reports will be reviewed by university staff and, where potential violations of the Community Standards are found or where there is a request for conflict resolution services, staff will follow up.
To report hazing, please submit a report to OSCCR.
National Hazing Prevention Week
National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to come together and talk about hazing in their communities, raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing, and promote the prevention of hazing. HazingPrevention.Org™ is the sponsor and organizer of National Hazing Prevention Week which is held the last full week of September each year. Every year, Loyola plans weeklong programming, including bringing speakers, holding trainings, and hosting awareness events, for our community to recognize this important issue.