Prohibited Hazing Activities

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Phi Sigma Pi prohibits any and all forms of hazing. These examples are merely illustrative of specific forbidden practices and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Please check with your Region Consultant to ensure all initiate activities are in accordance with Fraternity and Institution guidelines.

Mental Hazing

  • Conducting activities which do not allow adequate time for study during the initiate period.
  • Yelling, screaming, or directing negative comments at members or nonmembers.
  • Deceiving new members prior to The Ritual designed to convince an initiate that he/she will not be initiated or will be harmed.
  • Playing extremely loud music, repeated music, or any other audible harassment.
  • Not permitting initiates to talk for any extended period of time or limit to whom and when they can talk.
  • Requiring or encouraging nudity at any time.
  • Intentionally creating clean-up work.
  • Requiring initiates to run errands (servitude).
  • Engagement in public stunts and buffoonery.
  • Publicly wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not “normally” in good taste.
  • Subjecting an individual to cruel or unusual psychological conditions for any reason.
  • Individual and group interrogations such as “line ups”.
  • Using any type of demerit system other than a positive evaluation program.
  • Requiring initiates to greet members at all times or answer the telephone/door with a jingle, song, or specific verbal response.
  • Any behavior which is sexist, racist, or demeans the religious beliefs of others.
  • Never doing anything with the initiate.
  • Referring to initiates using demeaning names (“kids”).
  • Conducting activities which confuse, frustrate, or cause undue stress.

Physical Hazing

  • Activities causing excessive physical fatigue.
  • Forced calisthenics (sit-ups, push-ups, and runs).
  • Conducting an initiate activity between the hours of midnight and 8 am or awakening individuals during these hours.
  • Permitting less than seven continuous hours of sleep each night for initiates.
  • Pushing, shoving, tackling, paddling, or any other act which may cause harm.
  • Requiring initiates to drink alcohol or take any other substance such as drugs.
  • Forced consumption of food or other substances.
  • Branding or scarring of any kind.
  • Throwing anything at or on an individual.
  • Theft of any personal property under any circumstances.
  • Assigning or endorsing “pranks” or harassing other organizations.
  • Defacing public or private property.
  • Kidnapping, transporting, and/or stranding anyone.
  • Conducting scavenger/treasure hunts resulting in possible theft or disruption of others; searching for humiliating items.
  • Carrying items which will interfere with daily activities.
  • Denying initiates time for study or interfering with scholastic/extra-curricular activities/work in any way.
  • Confinement in small, unventilated, unsanitary, or unlighted areas.
  • Any activity without a constructive aspect or purpose.
  • Allowing initiates to use only a particular door when entering or leaving any building or to use a certain stairway within a building.
  • Blindfolding and parading individuals in public areas, blindfolding and transporting in a motor vehicle or privately conducting blindfolding activities that serve no constructive purpose.

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