Hazing Prevention Training

The University of Washington prohibits student organizations and athletic teams from engaging individually or collectively in hazing activities. 

Hazing includes any act committed as part of a person’s recruitment, initiation into, pledging, admission into, or affiliation with a student organization, athletic team, or living group, or any pastime that is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious psychological or emotional harm, to any student. This includes causing, directing, coercing, or forcing a person to consume any food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance that subjects the person to risk of such harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate (H.B. 1751). 

Hazing is defined as any activity that includes one or more of the characteristics described below: 

  • Activities that expose personal values to compromise or ridicule. 
  • Activities that abuse the trust an organization is striving to build between its members and prospective members. 
  • Stunts that have no meaningful relationship to the objectives of the organization. 
  • Activities that humiliate or subject individuals to circumstances with which they are not comfortable, or of which they are fearful. 
  • Activities that are illegal or violate University policy. 
  • Activities that interfere with academic pursuits or normal life functions. 
  • Some examples of prohibited activities are forced swallowing of uncommon substances, forced consumption of alcohol or drugs, excessive exercise, and sleep or sensory deprivation. 

Student organizations whose members participate in hazing activities will be subject to appropriate University disciplinary action.

Students and Employees

Students and employees: To access your required online training, please click HERE.

The University of Washington is required by law to provide hazing prevention education on the signs and dangers of hazing as well as the institution’s prohibition on hazing to students, student employees, faculty, staff, volunteers, and members of the greater UW community, including family and chosen family of UW students and the concerned public. In alignment with this requirement, the UW has developed several initiatives designed to provide hazing prevention education.

Parents and Community Members

Watch the video below to learn more about the University of Washington hazing prevention.

University of Washington Hazing Prevention Training
· Hazing Prevention Video Transcript
· Hazing Prevention Slide Deck
· Hazing Prevention Information Sheet

Contact Us

Questions or complaints regarding hazing may be referred to the Student Conduct Office at uwb-studentconduct@uw.edu