Greek Life

Statement on Hazing

Butler University does not tolerate hazing by any group or individual affiliated with the university.  Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally that places an expectation on a person joining or maintaining full status in a group that is not consistent with requirements for membership, team rules, university regulations and policies, and/or
fraternal law or ritual, as applicable. Conduct that may be considered hazing
is as follows:

  • Has the potential to produce emotional, psychological or physical discomfort, embarrassment,
    harassment or ridicule
  • Can occur on or off campus
  • Can occur regardless of the person's willingness to participate
  • Is prohibited by the criminal code of the State of Indiana


It is impossible to list possible hazing behaviors because many are context-specific. The following list provides categorical
examples of hazing traditions.

Subtle Hazing behaviors emphasize a power imbalance between members of the group and those who desire to be accepted.  Typically, these are activities or attitudes that breach responsible standards for mutual respect.  Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Deception
  • Requiring new members to perform duties not assigned to or expected of other members
  • Deprivation of privileges granted to other members
  • Expecting certain items to always be in one's possession
  • Requiring new members to refer to members with titles (e.g. Mr., Miss) while new members are identified by a term instead of by name
  • Name calling
  • Use/misuse of ritual symbolism outside of national organization's approved ceremonies
  • Walking/running/sitting/standing in formation


Harassment Hazing  behaviors can cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort to those joining the group.  Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates, and can cause undue stress.  Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Intimidation or implied threats
  • Personal servitude
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Degrading or humiliating activities
  • Interference with personal hygiene
  • Being expected to harass others

Violent Hazing includes behaviors that have the potential to to cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm.  Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Forced/coerced ingestion of alcohol or any other substance
    Beating or paddling      
  • Branding or burning
  • Water intoxication
  • Abuse or mistreatment of animals
  • Public nudity
  • Expecting participation in illegal activity including property theft or damage
  • Bondage
  • Abduction or kidnapping
  • Exposure to weather extremes without appropriate protection

Any individual or organization involved in a hazing incident is subject to disciplinary procedures. Students should be aware that Indiana has enacted a state law prohibiting hazing.  See the full text at (search Indiana Code IC 35-42-2-2).


Suspected hazing violations should be reported to the Butler University Police Department and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

To report hazing anonymously 24 hours per day, call 940-6590 or 940-9381. You will not have to reveal your identity at any time. You can also report an incident via the National Anti-Hazing Hotline, 1-888-NOT-HAZE.

When hazing activities are determined to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in a federally protected class is in violation of the University policy on nondiscrimination. Protected classes include but are not limited to: race, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and veteran or military status.* All allegations of student misconduct that are perceived to infringe upon the federally protected civil rights of any member of the University community or its visitors will be addressed through the Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution Process. This will include allegations related to discriminatory or bias-related harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and hazing among others.




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Office of Greek Life

Atherton Union, Room 312
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6590
Fax: (317) 940-8228
Director: Becky Druetzler