Hazing Prevention

Hazing Prevention

Stevens is committed to providing an environment free from hazing. The safety and well-being of our students is a top priority. Hazing in all its forms by any member of the Stevens community is strictly prohibited as outlined in the Policy on Hazing and in accordance with New Jersey laws.

Report a Hazing Incident

Hazing Prevention is a collective responsibility. Given the potential seriousness of the risks presented by hazing, each member of the Stevens community is obligated to report any known or suspected hazing. There are many ways to report a hazing incident.

If you or someone else is in danger, please contact the Stevens Police Department at 201-216-3911 or call 911 immediately.

Note: Those students who seek medical assistance for themselves or for an individual who is intoxicated or experiencing a drug-or alcohol-related emergency will not be subject to university disciplinary actions. Please refer to the Medical Amnesty (Good Samaritans) section below.

Please do not use email or online forms if you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police, psychological, or other emergency services are needed.

What is Hazing?

Stevens defines hazing as:

  • Any action taken or situation created by an individual or Organization to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule in connection with the initiation of applicants to or members of an Organization

  • Any requirement, suggestion, expectation or tradition that an applicant or member consume any amount of drugs, alcohol or non-food item or any unusual amount of any other substance, or otherwise take (or refrain from taking) any action which might present an unusual or excessive risk to the applicant or member including without limitation, blindfolded activities and travel.

  • Hazing includes but is not limited to all behavior prohibited under New Jersey Law as outlined in the Policy on Hazing and the Student Conduct Handbook.

  • Under NJ law, a person will be guilty of hazing if their conduct is in connection with the initiation of applicants to or members of a student or fraternal Organization and the person knowingly or recklessly:

    • a. Causes, coerces or otherwise induces another person to commit an act that violates federal or state criminal law;

    • b. Causes, coerces or otherwise induces another person to consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the person to a risk of emotional or physical harm or is otherwise deleterious to the person’s health;

    • c. Subjects another person to abuse, mistreatment, harassment, or degradation (i) of a physical nature including, without limitation, whipping, beating, branding, excessive calisthenics, or exposure to the elements or (ii) of a mental or emotional nature including, without limitation, activities adversely affecting the mental or emotional health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or (iii) of a sexual nature, or

    • d. Subjects another person to any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the person.