Hazing Prevention

hazing education


It is the responsibility of all Students, staff, faculty and members of the University community to ensure an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity. This is achieved by providing positive influences and constructive development for current and aspiring members or participants of any group or organization at Elizabeth City State University.  Hazing is counterproductive to the positive learning environment the University seeks to create.

The information on this website is designed to provide the ECSU community with the knowledge and personal accountability to speak out against hazing and ensure our community is one of growth, safety, and fulfillment.  To view the ECSU Policy on Hazing click here.


When most people hear the term "hazing" it conjures up images of fraternities and sororities. In reality however, hazing occurs in many arenas and not just fraternities and sororities. Hazing can occur in military groups, athletic teams, bands, and any student organizations at the collegiate level. Many believe that hazing in fraternities and in general is nothing more than silly antics and harmless pranks like those they see on television or in movies.

The reality is hazing can happen anywhere and is much more than just pranks. Hazing can cause emotional, mental, and even physical harm to individuals and many don't speak out about it for fear of being removed or ostracized by the group. Before you ever require a new member/rookies to do something, think about how they may perceive it as well as how someone outside of your organization may interpret the action. Stophazing.org says it best:

"In some cases, determining the risk level of hazing is fairly straightforward—as in the case of forced alcohol consumption. In other cases however, many point to the so called “grey areas” where it seems more complicated to predict whether or not a particular activity might be interpreted as hazing. While some activities may seem innocuous to one person, they may be considered humiliating, degrading and harmful to another. It is often difficult for students to judge when they are crossing the line from harmless to harmful."

The ECSU Hazing Policy may be viewed at here.

Utilizing information from stophazing.org, Elizabeth City State University has identified three types of hazing.  The University considers all types of hazing to be serious.

Subtle hazing -behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between new members/rookies and other members of the group. Because these types of Hazing are often taken-for-granted or accepted as “harmless” or meaningless, Subtle Hazing typically involves activities or attitudes that breach reasonable standards of mutual respect and place new members/rookies on the receiving end of ridicule, embarrassment, and/or humiliation tactics. New members/rookies often feel the need to endure Subtle Hazing to feel like part of the group or team. (Some types of Subtle Hazing may also be considered Harassment Hazing).

Harassment hazing - behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like part of the group. Harassment Hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members/rookies. (Some types of Harassment Hazing can also be considered Violent Hazing).

Violent hazing - behaviors that have the potential to cause physical, emotional, and/or psychological harm.

Below are some examples of behaviors that the University considers to be acts of Hazing. This is not an exhaustive list and does not represent every action that could be considered Hazing.

  • Physical, verbal, or psychological abuse, shock, or discomfort
  • Involuntary confinement, excursions, and/or kidnapping
  • Deprivation of food, water, shelter and any other basic needs
  • Implied, coerced, or forced consumption of alcohol, food, drugs or other substances
  • Forced fatigue or sleep deprivation
  • Implied, coerced, or forced physical activity or physical activity that is not a part of the group/organization mission
  • Exclusion from social contact
  • Servitude or morally degrading or humiliating games or activities
  • Any activity that interferes with scholastic/academic responsibilities
  • Misleading students regarding the membership or participation requirements of a student group or organization
  • Wearing or carrying of any obscene or physically burdensome article or the implied, coerced, or forced removal of clothing

It is important that all members of the ECSU community speak out against hazing and report violations of the ECSU Hazing Policy. You can fill out an online incident report here or by clicking the "Report an Incident" button. For more information about the student conduct process and reporting incidents please go to here.

If you are being hazed make sure to talk to your organization's leadership (president, chair, etc.). If you do not feel comfortable with discussing it with them, you can fill out an incident report online or contact the Office of Community Standards  at 252-335-3276 or  communitystandards@ecsu.edu Do not ignore it. No one should ever feel like they are being hazed.

Educate! Make sure all of your members in the group know what hazing is and how they can report it. Set up a point person in your organization so members have someone to go to for hazing issues. Do not keep this incident to yourselves and make sure to follow up by contacting the Office of Student Conduct at 252-335-3276 or communitystandards@ecsu.edu.

National Anti-Hazing Hotline


Resources for hazing