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Hazing Policies at UCSB

The University of California has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to hazing. Hazing is defined as any action taken which produces bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, or ridicule. Permission or approval does not make hazing acceptable, legal, or defensable. Once a common tradition, hazing has been banned by all national, local, and international fraternal organizations and institutions of higher education. The University of California, Santa Barbara strictly enforces this policy, and organizations found in violation are subject to immediate suspension of campus recognition and privileges, as well as negative legal reprocussions.

Printable Literature:
Hazing & California State Law
California Penal Code
Signs of Hazing

Additional Anti-Hazing Resources:
The Gordie Foundation
Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG)

Report Anonymously at:
National Hazing Hotline 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293)


No chapter shall be a part of, encourage, conduct or condone any hazing activities at any time.

The new law upgrades some hazing charges from misdemeanors to felonies.

Students in violation of hazing will be subject to discipline that may include, but is not limited to, felony, departmental or University probation, suspension from the team/group.

The chapter may be subject to group discipline that can include, but is not limited to, organization probation, cancellation of individual contests and/or revoked affiliation from the University. In addition hazing charges impact students’ ability to enter graduate schools and job opportunities.

Potential hazing activities are defined by these actions and activities which are prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Any type of initiation or other activity, whether on or off chapter premises, where there is an expectation of individuals joining a particular team to participate in behavior designed to humiliate, degrade or abuse them regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to consume alcohol or any other substance.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to shave any part of the body, including hair on the head.
  • Any requirement or pressure put on an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g., public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct or sexual gestures in public.
  • Required eating of anything an individual would refuse to eat otherwise.
  • Creation of excessive fatigue, physical, or psychological shocks.
  • Any activity or action that creates a risk to the health, safety or property of the University or any member of its community.
  • Forcing or requiring calisthenics, such as push-ups, sit-ups and runs.
  • Assigning or endorsing pranks such as stealing or harassment of another organization.
  • Engaging in treasure hunts, quests, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house.
  • Awakening or disturbing individuals during normal sleeping hours.
  • Requiring late work sessions which interferes with scholastic activities.
  • Expecting or pressuring individuals to participate in an activity in which the full membership is not willing to participate.
  • Physical abuse of any kind.
  • Forcing, encouraging or pressuring someone to wear in public apparel which is conspicuous and not within the norm of what is considered to be in good taste.
  • Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery.
  • Nudity at any time or forced reading of pornographic material.
  • Paddling, beating or otherwise permitting a member to hit other members.
  • Having substances such as eggs, mud, paint and honey thrown at, poured on or otherwise applied to the body of a member.
  • Morally degrading/humiliating games or other activity that makes a member the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.
  • Subjecting a member to cruel and unusual psychological conditions.
  • And any other activities that are not consistent with chapter’s law, ritual or policy, or the regulations and policies regarding hazing as set down by state and city laws, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Office of Student Life, the Inter-Greek Council, and/or each chapter’s National or International policy regarding hazing.