Hazing Policy

Policy on Hazing

Description:  Deals with any initiation activities or initiation-like activities, whether they be formal or informal, which may be expected of individuals who wish to join, to gain or to maintain status in regard to any club, team, residence house or other group associated with UNB.

Procedures:  Specific procedures to implement this policy will be developed and maintained as appropriate for each campus.

Approvals:  Approved and recommended by the Ad Hoc Hazing Group 2011/10 28, Approved by the Board of Governors 2012/06 15.

Authority:  Board

University of New Brunswick (October 28, 2011)

Hazing is any activity expected of an individual wishing to join a group (or of an individual wishing to gain or maintain full status in a group) which humiliates, degrades, abuses, endangers or subordinates that individual, regardless of his or her willingness to engage in the activity.  As such, hazing is a form of harassment.

Some forms of hazing are blatant: personal servitude, sleep deprivation, yelling, swearing at, striking or insulting one or more members.  Other common forms include having members wear embarrassing clothing, perform humiliating activities or consume vile substances.  Often excessive consumption of alcohol accompanies hazing.  Some forms of hazing are more subtle, but no less potentially harmful:  requiring some members to perform duties not required of other members, requiring silence of some members or otherwise socially isolating them. Similarly requiring some members to sit or kneel while other members are standing may subordinate the former and constitute hazing.  Hazing can occur in the context of a single activity/ceremony or it may occur over a period of time.  

In keeping with the principles of providing a safe and positive learning environment, of respecting human rights and equality and of supporting the dignity of all community members, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) does not tolerate hazing in any form.  Any UNB community member involved in planning, implementing or participating, actively or passively, in such an activity is subject to disciplinary action.