Anti-Hazing Information

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.

The University of West Florida's Anti-Hazing Policy (pdf)

Incident Reporting

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.

UWF Incident Report Form

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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.

UWF's NHPW 2013

Stomp Out Hazing

Monday, September 23rd, 5:30pm at the Commons Auditorium
Groups from our campus community will be performing dances in the UC Auditorium while promoting UWF's zero tolerance policy for hazing.

Speak Out Against Hazing

Wednesday, September 25th, 3:00pm at the Commons Conference Center
Seminar style workshop for anyone who may want to attend. Leaders in any organization are encouraged to come out and discuss the many facets of hazing. Guest Speaker - Joshua Schutts.

Spike Out Hazing

Friday, September 27th, 6:00pm at the Field House
Come out and watch the Women's Volleyball team face Christian Brothers in Gulf South Conference play. The march up is a white-out game so make sure you wear white.

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The Hazing Test

 The following questions are intended to help student leaders to think about issues of hazing when planning activities for their organizations.

  1. Is this a team or group activity in which members are encouraged or expected to attend and where minors are consuming alcohol?
  2. Will current members refuse to participate with the new members?
  3. Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
  4. Would you have any reservations describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official?
  5. Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or local TV news?
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