A Message for all FAU Parents
Dear Owl Parents and Family,
Thank you for taking the time out to visit our hazing prevention website. If you are reading this, you are probably interested in learning more about hazing and the resources Florida Atlantic University has to offer. Remember, while the fraternity and sorority community is most often seen in hazing incidents, that is not the only place hazing can occur. Hazing has occurred on athletic teams—both intercollegiate and sport clubs, honorary organizations, the band and potentially other organizations. On this site, you will find a definition of hazing with examples, warning signs to look for, and advice on how to talk to your student about hazing.
At Florida Atlantic University, we are committed to embracing an environment that is safe and free of hazing for all of our students. Our hope through this website is that you will help us educate our students on the state and federal laws regarding hazing and the Universities policies and expectations for a campus free of hazing.
In the state of Florida, hazing is illegal. The Florida law specifically states that an act of hazing will be considered a first degree misdemeanor if any conduct creates a substantial risk of bodily injury or death. An act of hazing will be considered a third degree felony if the conduct results in serious bodily injury or death. These laws are based on the Chad Meredith Act of 2005.
If you are concerned that some form of hazing is occurring in your student’s life, there are many different steps you can take. You can have a conversation with your students, you can use the resources on this site to learn more, you can share the resources with your students, and you can information FAU with the contact information below.
To report acts of hazing, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 561-297-3542 or online at You are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to address the reported behavior. You have the option to submit a report anonymously, though officials may find it difficult to complete their investigation without knowing the source of the report.
Thank you for your support of this initiative and Go Owls!
Heather Bishara
Interim Director, New Student & Owl Family Programs
Florida Atlantic University
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