Hazing Policy

Definition 
Hazing is any action or situation, with or without the consent of the participants, which recklessly, intentionally, or unintentionally endangers the mental, physical, or academic health or safety of a student.
 
Michigan State Law
Hazing is illegal in Michigan under the law commonly known as “Garret’s Law,” which is codified under M.C.L.A. 750.411(t).
 
University of Michigan Policy
The University of Michigan condemns hazing practices as requirements for membership, advance, or continued good standing in organizations.
 
Background 
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(s) 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

 

The University of Michigan-Flint prohibits hazing in any form. No student or student organization, including but not limited to sororities and fraternities, clubs and organizations, students or alumni, shall employ a program that includes any hazing activities. Hazing applies to all members of an organization, regardless of the length of time in the organization.