FAQ on Hazing

Frequently Asked Questions on Hazing


If you suspect a student(s) is being hazed, please: have a conversation with the student. Ask some questions. Obtain information. Don’t keep it to yourself.


Department of Public Safety

  • 315.443.2224 (dispatcher)
  • #78 from cell phone on campus
  • File an anonymous report online.

Community Standards

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

    The following resources are available via telephone:

    • Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224
    • Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at 315.443.2214
    • Community Standards at 315.443.3728
    • Anonymous reporting via 315.443.TIPS (8477)

    Online reporting forms can be found:

    Anonymous reports can be made to the Department of Public Safety through the EthicsPoint service.

    Syracuse University defines hazing to include any action that intentionally or recklessly causes or poses a substantial risk of harm to the mental or physical health or safety of one or more persons. Subjecting any person to and/or encouraging any person to commit an act that violates human dignity, the Code of Student Conduct, or the law for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a group or organization is prohibited. The express or implied consent of participants or victims will not be a defense.

    Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to: 

    • Forced consumption of alcohol or other substances
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Threats of harm 
    • Actual physical harm (e.g., paddling, beating, branding)
    • Performing any service or action under coercion or duress. 

    For more information on the Anti-Hazing Policy visit Community Standards. For warning signs and more examples of hazing can be found on our Hazing Prevention Page.

    Hazing poses substantial risks to the safety and well-being of individual students and the University community. As such, violations of the Anti-Hazing policy will result in referral to the Community Standards. Possible disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, any or all of the following: 

    • Suspension or expulsion from the University
    • Loss of University recognition and privileges
    • Referral to law enforcement
    • Participation in educational programs
    • Other educational or remedial action appropriate to the circumstances. 

    Sanctions imposed under this policy do not diminish or replace the penalties available under generally applicable federal, state, and local laws.