Gamecocks Against Hazing

All forms of hazing, such as any action taken or situation created, recklessly or intentionally, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or possibly cause mental or physical harm or injury to any person on or off the University campus- participant’s consent is notwithstanding (i.e. allowing oneself to be hazed is a violation of this policy). Hazing is a broad term that encompasses a multitude of actions or activities. The term hazing refers to any actions or activities that do not contribute to the positive development of a person or an organization; which cause mental or physical harm; or subjects individuals to harassment, embarrassment, ridicule, or distress. Examples of situations that are considered hazing include, but are not limited to tests of endurance, physical abuse, psychological abuse, morally degrading or humiliating activities, forced ingestion of any substance, forced attire expectations that do not apply to the entire chapter, activities which interfere with academic pursuits, paddling in any form, and/or use of alcohol and servitude. Hazing is typically associated with membership selection and initiation into an organization. It is possible for hazing to occur before, during, and after membership selection and initiation.

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Jacksonville State University is comprised of values-based organizations that are focused on enhancing the collegiate experience of members through brotherhood/sisterhood, academic enhancement, mutual respect, service, and social experiences. Hazing is counterproductive to the ideal fraternity/sorority experience. Fraternity and Sorority Life at Jacksonville State University is committed to preventing hazing from occurring within all chapters and organizations. 

 Our Commitments:

  • Jacksonville State University is opposed to all acts of hazing and expects all organizations to be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city, Jacksonville State University and their Inter/National Organization.
  • The University is committed to working with Inter/National Organizations to address the issue of hazing and to minimize high-risk cultures. 
  • The University is committed to addressing the issues contributing to the overall issue of hazing, not just the visible symptoms. As such, the University is committed to educating students, advisors, faculty, and staff on the harms of hazing and why it is not tolerated at our institution. 
  • The University is committed to supporting the academic pursuits of our students and opposes all activities that interfere with a student’s academic endeavors. 
  • The University is committed to addressing all instances of hazing in order to create an environment that is not conducive to any hazing practices.  
  • The University is committed to fostering safe environments for students to enjoy Fraternity and Sorority Life. 
  • Jacksonville State University employs a fair and timely judicial process for organizations alleged of policy violations. The University is committed to educating students about the process. 

Hazing does not create brotherhood/sisterhood; it is dangerous, it fosters resentment, and it is not tolerated at Jacksonville State University.