At USF we have a Commitment to Honor. One of its tenants states:
"I resolve to respect the dignity and intrinsic value of all persons."
Hazing violates this Commitment, threatens our community and is not tolerated at the University of South Florida.
View the letter from President Genshaft and the letter from Dr. Meningall, Vice-President of Student Affairs.
Committed to a safe and healthy campus, USF works to provide a supportive learning environment that encourages respect for the dignity and rights of the entire university community.
Hazing can be extremely detrimental to a community. It is important to know the policies and laws regarding hazing, the resources available to create organizations and teams that have strong community without hazing, and how to report any actions which could violate these policies and cause harm to our community.
- Hazing is a violation of the USF Student Code of Conduct and state law.
- In the state of Florida, activities can be considered hazing even if the person being hazed agrees to the activities.
- The state of Florida has some of the strictest hazing laws in the nation. Hazing that results in injury or death is considered a third degree felony. Hazing that results in a substantial risk of injury or potential death is considered a first degree misdemeanor.
- At the University of Miami two fraternity officers were charged with hazing in court and ordered to pay damages in the amount $12.4 million for an event that was not considered by the fraternity to be an "official" fraternity event. This case prompted the Chad Meredith Act.