UWF has NO tolerance for hazing.
Definition of Hazing
In accordance with Section 1006.63, Florida Statutes, “Hazing” is defined as 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. "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.
To report any instances of hazing on campus please contact UWF's Police. Any UWF student wishing to speak privately and in confidence about a hazing incident can contact UWF's Police at (850) 474-2415, calls are answered 24 hours a day. You can also fill out a Silent Witness Form or an Incident Report Form through the UWF Police website.
National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW)
Fraternity & Sorority Life with the leadership of the Inter-Fraternal Programming Board hosts programming during National Hazing Prevention Week every year in September. The IFPB plans these programs to not only bring awareness about the prevention of hazing to fraternity and sorority members but to help the entire campus learn about what hazing is and how it affects all students whether in Athletics, ROTC, or Student Organizations.
Speak Out Against Hazing
Monday, September 21st, 7:00pm at the Argo Galley
All are invited as we raise awareness about the dangers of hazing by live tweeting, posting, and talking about values. The event will also have music fun activities.
X Out Hazing
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:00pm at the Commons Auditorium
This workshop is for anyone who may want to attend. Leaders in any organization are encouraged to come out and learn about how you can use servant leadership to eliminate Hazing. Guest Presenter - Tara Kermiet
Kick Out Hazing
Friday, September 25th, 3:00pm at the Soccer Fields
Come out and tailgate with the Fraternity & Sorority community before the Men's and Women's Soccer Games. Organizations are encouraged to bring out their newest members to mingle with each other and all groups are encouraged to sign our banner committing to X Out Hazing. This event is dry and organizations will be required to bring their own tailgating supplies.
The Hazing Test
The following questions are intended to help student leaders to think about issues of hazing when planning activities for their organizations.
- Is this a team or group activity in which members are encouraged or expected to attend and where minors are consuming alcohol?
- Will current members refuse to participate with the new members?
- Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
- Would you have any reservations describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official?
- Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or local TV news?