Hazing at the University of Pittsburgh is considered a Violation of the University’s Anti-Hazing Policy and Code and is absolutely prohibited. Hazing is considered a criminal act in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In accordance with the new Pennsylvania anti-hazing law, the University has updated its definition of hazing and has created a five-year report of all alleged hazing incidents.
Hazing is defined at the University as follows:
For purposes of this definition, any activity as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be “forced” activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding. Therefore, any Student who causes or participates in hazing may be subject to appropriate University discipline and/or may be subject to criminal prosecution.
A person commits hazing if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, for the purpose of initiating, admitting or affiliating a minor or student into or with an organization, or for the purpose of continuing or enhancing a minor or student’s membership or status in an organization, causes, coerces or forces a minor or student to do any of the following:
- Violate Federal or State criminal law;
- Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the minor or student to a risk of emotional or physical harm;
- Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements;
- Endure brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
- Endure brutality of a sexual nature;
- Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the minor or student.
A person commits aggravated hazing if the person commits a violation of hazing that results in serious bodily injury or death to the minor or student and:
- the person acts with reckless indifference to the health and safety of the minor or student; or,
- the person causes, coerces or forces the consumption of an alcoholic liquid or drug by the minor or student.
A Student Organization commits organizational hazing if the organization intentionally, knowingly or recklessly promotes or facilitates a violation of hazing or aggravated hazing.
Students and others are encouraged to report incidents, and suspected incidents of hazing. Reports may be made to the University Police (412-624-2121), the Office of Student Conduct (412-648-7910) or the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (412-648-7832).
Although the University encourages students and others to make formal reports, you may file an anonymous report with the University Police online at http://police.pitt.edu/anonymous-tip-line. Anonymous reports greatly limit the University’s ability to respond to and investigate the report.
Hazing related to any University of Pittsburgh athletics teams may also be reported to the Director of Athletics at 412-648-8230 or the Associate Athletic Director for Student Life and Compliance at 412-648-8452.