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 the UWF Police. Any UWF student wishing to speak privately and in confidence about a hazing incident can contact the UWF 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.
Hazing Prevention: It's Everyone's Responsibility
UWF is helping prevent hazing by implementing prevention and intervention programs that focus on strengthening the UWF community. One of our major programs is “Hazing Prevention, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility,” an evidence-based online course, reflecting best practices established by leading academics studying hazing prevention. The course has recently been made available for all students in Florida.
Fraternity & Sorority Life encourages all UWF students, faculty, staff, advisors and even family to take this course to learn more about how to prevent hazing. All Fraternity & Sorority Life members, along with some other UWF student populations, are required to complete the course.
The course is an interactive online course that takes about an hour to complete. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate.
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.