Hazing of any kind is prohibited on campus and is unlawful in the state of North Carolina. The term encompasses actions or activities that do not contribute to the positive development of a person, including any activity expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional/physical harm.
There are three main types of hazing:
Subtle - Subtle hazing includes all activities or attitudes meant to embarrass, humiliate or ridicule a person. Examples include: Issuing demerits; requiring silence periods; planning scavenger hunts for meaningless objects; and name-calling.
Harassment - Harassment hazing includes activities that confuse, frustrate, or cause a member undue stress through mental anguish and physical discomfort. Examples include: Requiring ridiculous costumes or activities; requiring probationary members to perform personal services; verbal abuse; any form of questioning under pressure or in an uncomfortable position; sleep or hygiene deprivation; and expecting new members to harass others.
Violent - Violent hazing includes any activity that causes physical or emotional harm. Examples include: Forcing alcohol consumption; forcing consumption of vile substances; sexual violation; assault; burning; forcing members into life-threatening situations; forcing water intoxication, forcing public nudity; and abducting/kidnapping members.
There are other ways to foster unity within a group and instill a sense of membership. For example: