Organizations must be aware of and adhere to the policy on hazing. Hazing is defined in the UF Student Code of Conduct as:
Any action or situation that recklessly, by design, or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for any purpose including but not limited to initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student group or organization. In such an instance, hazing occurs if an individual or group:
1. Causes or attempts to cause physical injury or other harm to a student including but not limited to emotional distress, or engages in any conduct which presents a threat to the student's health or safety, which shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, alcohol, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical or physical and mental health or safety of the student, and any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced sexual conduct, and forced exclusion from social contact.
2. Engages in an action or activity which has a tendency to or which is intended to demean, disgrace, humiliate, or degrade a student, which shall include but not be limited to, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student.
3. Conduct that by design, intent or recklessness causes a student to be unable reasonably to pursue, or interferes with or attempts to interfere with a student's academic schedule or performance; or
4. Causes, induces, pressures, coerces, or requires a student to violate the law or to violate any provision of University of Florida regulations.
In response to allegations of hazing under this regulation it is not a defense that:
a. The victim gave consent to the conduct.
b. The conduct was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned or approved by the organization.
c. The conduct was not done as a condition of membership in the organization.
For more information, you can view the Dean of Students Office Hazing Website here.
The following language regarding hazing must be included in all RSO constitutions:
[Name of organization] agrees that it will not initiate, support, or encourage any events or situations that recklessly, by design, or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student for any purpose including but not limited to initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student group or organization.