The University of Michigan along with the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association strive to maintain a safe environment in which students know that they will not be subject to hazing when joining or affiliating with any fraternity or sorority under these governance structures at the University of Michigan.
- Hazing is a destructive approach to assimilation into membership in an organization. Possible results of hazing include but are not limited to mental and physical harm, injuries and/or deaths.
- Nearly 90% of states have enacted antihazing legislation, many of which include criminal penalties; Michigan law criminalizes hazing when there is a physical injury. Hazing stems from a power differential between members, often based on a hierarchical membership structure.
- Activities associated with membership in a student organization should contribute to the positive development of the person. Activities intended to assimilate a student into the organization should focus on the purposes, values and goals of the organization. Membership activities should be positive, educational, intellectually challenging, and fun, and should conscientiously avoid placing the student in danger or potentially causing harm.
UM, FSL staff and the four councils take a firm stance against hazing and will promote an environment that facilitates positive member experiences in accordance with organizational, community, and University values. If you have any questions or concerns, feel feel to contact us.