Binghamton University Hazing Policy

How to report a hazing incident

Don't be a bystander when it comes to hazing. If a matter needs to be addressed immediately, don't hesitate to contact the police by dialing 911.

File a hazing incident report hereContact the New York State University Police at Binghamton

Contact the Dean of Students Office

The Student Code of Conduct defines hazing as:

The term “hazing” is defined as any action taken, or situation created, involving prospective or new members of a group, or as a condition of continued membership in a group (fraternity, sorority, team, club or other association or organization), which would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely to produce mental or physical harm, extreme or unusual stress, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.

No policy can be so precisely written as to address all possible situations. When this policy does not address a specific behavior, students, organizations, teams and groups are expected to conduct themselves and their activities in the spirit of this policy and with respect for the dignity and well-being of others. The definition of hazing applies whether or not the participants consent to such activity or perceive the behavior as voluntary. The determination of whether a particular activity constitutes hazing will depend upon the circumstances and context in which the activity is occurring. As a guiding principle, any activity required of new members that is not required of more senior members is likely to constitute hazing under this policy. Some examples of conduct that may constitute hazing when used to mistreat or humiliate the participant include the following:

  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Paddling in any form or any other physical brutality
  • Creating excessive fatigue
  • Degrading or humiliating games or activities
  • Forced or excessive participation in physical activities
  • Psychological shock or abuse
  • Engaging in public stunts or buffoonery
  • Inappropriate scavenger hunts or road trips
  • Wearing of apparel or items likely to subject the wearer to embarrassment
    or ridicule
  • Activities that would unreasonably interfere with a student’s other activities
    or obligations (academic, extracurricular, religious, family, etc.)
  • Activities that violate University policy, federal, state or local law
  • Any other activity devoid of legitimate educational value that subjects
    participants to humiliation

Download the Student Code of Conduct