University Policy Against Hazing


The University of Michigan condemns hazing practices as requirements for membership, advancement, or continued good standing in organizations.


Hazing practices are potentially hazardous to life and limb and may often place their victims at risk of physical and emotional damage.  The University community joins in condemning such practices and could not support the continued operation of any group which allows such practices. The University community urges appropriate sanctions to violators to the extent legally possible.

At the least, the word "hazing" includes the following willful acts, with or without the consent of the individual involved:

  • physical injury, assault or battery
  • kidnapping or imprisonment
  • intentionally placing at risk of severe mental or emotional harm (putting "over the edge"
  • degradation, humiliation, or compromising of moral or religious values
  • forced consumption of any liquid or solid
  • placing an individual in physical danger (at risk) which includes abandonment
  • impairment of physical liberties which include curfews or other interference with academic endeavors

Approved by the Regents, June 1982

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Effective Date; April 2, 2004
Updated/revised: April 2, 2004