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Hazing Information

The Office of the Dean of Student Life encourages student participation in athletics, Greek fraternities and sororities, and other student organizations. Such involvement enriches the university experience and can contribute significantly to the social and leadership development of Johns Hopkins University undergraduates. Antithetical to that experience and to the mission of the university is the practice of hazing. Hazing is a violation of university policy and of state law.
Students, faculty, staff, and parents should acquaint themselves with the information and links on this page so that they may identify possible occurrences of hazing and understand consequences of such behavior. If hazing is suspected, individuals are encouraged to contact the Johns Hopkins Compliance Line (1-877-WE COMPLY), an independently administered toll-free hotline that allows for anonymous reporting about serious concerns or violations.

Johns Hopkins student organizations and teams foster lifelong friendships, offer educational support, and contribute to a positive university experience. The Office of the Dean of Student Life expects that participants will act with integrity and according to the values of the university in all activities. Questions or concerns may be directed at any time to the Office of Student Life.

Additional resources and references:

The Johns Hopkins University Hazing Policy*

The Johns Hopkins University prohibits hazing.

The Johns Hopkins University prohibits hazing. Hazing is defined to be: Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student; or willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of affiliation, initiation, admission or as a condition of continued membership in any organization recognized as a fraternity, sorority, athletic team or student organization by Johns Hopkins University, on or off University, fraternity, or sorority property. Examples of conduct that would violate this policy may include but are not limited to:

1. All forms of physical activity not part of an organized, voluntary athletic context or not specifically directed toward constructive work

2. Any activity (including voluntary athletic contests and constructive work) that might reasonably bring harm to the individual

3. Paddling, beating, or otherwise permitting undergraduate or alumni members to hit individuals

4. Depriving individuals of the opportunity for sufficient sleep, decent and edible meals, or access to means of maintaining bodily cleanliness

5. Activities that interfere with an individual’s academic efforts by causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time

6. Requiring individuals to consume alcohol or drugs

7. Forcing, coercing, or permitting individuals to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances

8. Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s moral and/ or religious beliefs, or contrary to the Student Code of Conduct and/ or policies and regulations of the University.

Groups such as fraternities, athletic teams, and student organizations may be held accountable for misconduct by individuals committed in the context of group membership.

*From the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Student Handbook

State of Maryland Hazing Law

§ 268H. Hazing students prohibited

   (a) Haze defined. -- In this section "haze" means doing any act or causing any situation which recklessly or intentionally subjects a student to the risk of serious bodily injury for the purpose of initiation into a student organization of a school, college, or university.

(b) Violation constitutes misdemeanor; penalty. -- A person who hazes a student so as to cause serious bodily injury to the student at any school, college, or university is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $500, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.

(c) Consent of student not defense. -- The implied or expressed consent of a student to hazing may not be a defense under this section.