While being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of student life, hazing is often a hidden but serious problem — one that undermines the value of these experiences and poses the risk of physical and mental harm for many individuals. Although hazing is not unique to Saint Joseph’s University, we believe that it is important to examine these practices explicitly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.
Saint Joseph’s University does not tolerate hazing in any form. The University believes that hazing is contrary to the Christian teaching of human dignity and contradicts an environment of friendship, maturity, and charity within its collegiate community. Any individual or organization found responsible for violating the Antihazing Policy, may face disciplinary action from the University, and may also face criminal charges under state law, including The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, 18 Pa. C.S. § 2801, et seq.
According to the University’s policy prohibiting hazing:
The University will maintain a report of all violations of this Policy (or of Federal or State laws related to hazing) that are reported to and adjudicated by the University. For purposes of that report, the University will include “violations” only, meaning those instances where an individual student(s), a Student Organization(s), or a person associated with a Student Organization was found responsible for violating this Policy (or found guilty of violating Federal or State laws related to hazing and reported to the University). The University will update the report bi-annually on January 1 and August 1 of each year and will post the updated report here:
In this 17-minute documentary produced by the Clery Center, personal storytelling compels viewers to action. Takeaways include definitions of hazing, examples of hazing practices, and realistic alternatives to hazing that accomplish the goals of team-building and unity.
This site is a resource for students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and others interested in learning about hazing at Saint Joseph’s University. Inquiries or feedback about this site please email firstname.lastname@example.org