Hazing Definition

Types of Hazing

Hazing activities and behaviors are not all the same.  Learn more about the types and examples of hazing.

Hazing poses a serious threat to the well-being of all students and to the standards of our University.  All Georgetown students are responsible for knowing and complying with the Code of Student Conduct and for treating others with respect and care.

The Code of Student Conduct defines “Hazing” as:

An abuse of power by a member of an organization and/or group used against an individual as a condition for seeking to join, hold membership, or affiliate with the organization and/or group. An abuse of power as it relates to hazing includes, but is not limited to: unproductive, unsafe, excessive, and/or demeaning act(s) that endanger the physical, psychological, or emotional well-being of an individual.

  • An abuse of power may be exercised through direct action against another or through indirect action by encouraging and/or influencing another individual to commit an act of hazing.
  • A failure to address and/or report an act of hazing committed against another individual may also be considered an abuse of power and a violation of this policy.
  • Neither the intent of the initiator(s) nor consent/willingness of the participant(s) will serve as factors in determining responsibility; but will be considered in the application of sanctions. 

Report Hazing

The University will investigate all reports of hazing behavior, including those reported anonymously. If this is an emergency or an urgent situation, call 911 or Georgetown University Police (202-687-4343) immediately.