The University of Mississippi
Office of the University Attorney

Hazing

No individual student or student organization may engage in or plan any activity that may be defined as “hazing.” The University of Mississippi Hazing Policy refers to hazing as “any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in the group) that humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”

Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • consumption of alcohol, water, food or other substances
  • physical exercise limited to new members• activities involving depriving sleep, food, water, or personal hygiene
  • paddling in any form or smearing the skin with unpleasant substances
  • forcing new members to serve or follow orders of older members outside of the practice or game activity
  • swearing at or insulting members
  • forcing members to wear apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste or perform humiliatingacts in public
  • forced nudity or partial nudity for members
  • forced branding, piercing, tattooing, or head shaving• sexual simulation or sexual assault
  • kidnapping or forcible transport and/or abandonment of members

In addition to sanctions from the University judicial system, students and organizations who
participate in or condone hazing may subject themselves to criminal prosecution and/or civil
liability.

University Hazing Policy

Helpful Third Party Links
National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention
Mississippi Hazing Law
StopHazing.org