The University of Miami has an absolute prohibition on hazing. Hazing is defined as an action or situation created on or off campus which recklessly or intentionally harms, damages or endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes, including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating within the University of Miami. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:
  • pressuring or coercing a student into violating University rules or local, state or federal law,
  • any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced/encouraged consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced/encouraged physical activity that could adversely affect the physical or mental health or safety of the student,
  • any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced/encouraged exclusion from social contact, forced/encouraged conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or forced/encouraged activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student,
  • or any other activity which is inconsistent with the regulations and policies of the University of Miami.
It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:
  • The consent of the victim had been obtained;
  • The conduct of activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not part of an official organizational event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the organization; or
  • The conduct or activity that resulted in death or injury of the person was not done as a condition of membership to an organization.