Statement from Dean Groves on Hazing
Hazing has no place in the UVA student experience. “Hazing” is a broad term that refers to any activity that is expected or required of someone to join or maintain status within a group that humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Often, those initiating hazing practices consider them harmless pranks or comical antics. However, given the numerous incidents of injury or, in severe cases, death that have resulted from acts of hazing on college and university campuses, the University does not tolerate acts of hazing. For a more comprehensive definition of hazing, refer to the State Statute and University Policy.
If you have been the victim of or have witnessed an act of hazing, I hope that you will use the “Just Report It” system provided by the Office of the Dean of Students to alert us of the incident. Reports of hazing will be promptly investigated by the Office of the Dean of Students and may lead to the filing of a complaint with the University Judiciary Committee and/or the termination of a student organization’s Contracted Independent Organization (“CIO”), Fraternal Organization Agreement (“FOA”), or other affiliation or status with the University. Hazing may also be investigated by local law enforcement if it implicates one or more sections of the criminal code. The University will report alleged acts of hazing to the relevant Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.
For more information and additional resources, visit Hoos Against Hazing. Also, do not hesitate to contact the Hazing Hotline at 434-243-HAZE (4293) or visit with a staff member in the Fraternity and Sorority Life unit of the Office of the Dean of Students, located in 149 Newcomb Hall.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students