University Hazing Policy

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg prohibits any form of hazing of its students at any time or at any location. The University will respond swiftly to investigate reports of alleged hazing received from any source, and will promptly determine whether to proceed with campus disciplinary action, to forward a report to appropriate law enforcement officials for prosecution as a criminal matter, or both. To that end, hazing is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and illegal as defined in the Florida State Statute 1006.63.

A faculty member, staff member, or student who observes hazing of any person or persons who may be USFSP students should immediately report the matter to the Department of Student Life & Engagement, Student Life Center 1301, (727)873-4180, or to the Campus Police (727)873-4140. Students who know, or suspect, that hazing has taken place are strongly encouraged to report it to the Director of Student Life & Engagement. Employees of USFSP are required to report such information.

“Hazing” as defined by §1006.63, Florida Statutes, means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution, regardless of a person‘s willingness to participate. “Hazing” includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law; any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student; and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.

In addition to Florida Statutes §1006.63, hazing as defined by the USF system also includes, but is not limited to, the forced use of alcohol; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; physical and psychological shocks; deception; verbal abuse; personal servitude; kidnapping; deprivation of privileges granted to others in the organization by use of force or duress; and any other activities which are contrary to academic achievement, the stated purpose of the local and/or (inter)national organization, and/or the mission, policies or regulations of the USF system or applicable state law.