UWF Hazing Policy

The University of West Florida does not condone any form of hazing, and students involved in hazing incidents are subject to disciplinary sanctions

In accordance with Section 1006.63(1), 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.

For the purposes of this regulation, hazing includes observation of hazing activities by individuals in a position to intervene but who fail to intervene.

Florida is one of 44 states with anti-hazing legislation. In the state of Florida, individuals committing acts of hazing can be subject to both criminal and civil prosecution. In 2005, hazing was made a felony in Florida. Additionally, an individual or organization participating in hazing or knowingly permitting hazing forfeits entitlements to public funds, scholarships, awards, and grants.

For more information, please click on the link below below.

UWF Regulation 3.018 (Prohibition of Hazing - Procedures and Penalties)

Hazing Prevention Information