Values and Definition

Hazing is incompatible with the values and standards of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community.

Hazing is considered to be any activity that is expected of someone joining or participating in a group where that activity humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

It is for the university to establish if the activity in question meets the above standard. Hazing activity is considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code and Wisconsin State Law.


Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • requiring servitude
  • taking cell phones or other devices
  • requiring use of alcohol
  • not allowing attendance at class or other academic functions
  • requiring activities that are designed to create excessive fatigue
  • making individuals consume vile substances
  • requiring individuals to smear substances on skin
  • locking individuals in a room or otherwise preventing them from leaving
  • requiring apparel that would typically be considered in poor taste or humiliating


The university will investigate all reports submitted to the extent possible. Be advised that the submission of anonymous reports severely limits the university’s ability to investigate and respond to report of hazing. We encourage individuals to include their name and contact information when submitting a report so that the university can investigate more thoroughly. Individuals who submit their name should understand that their name would be part of the record shared in any conduct process.


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