Dear Student Organization Members,
Being a part of a student organization can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences you have while in college. Developing leadership skills, learning time management, networking in your chosen career field, practicing public speaking and making new friends are just a few of the benefits of being involved.
As members of the Florida Atlantic University community, you are all expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, including the section regarding hazing. Hazing includes “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes, including, but not limited to, of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any organization operating under the sanction of the University” (see Section 5, t of the Student Conduct Code for the full definition). Hazing is illegal in the state of Florida: Florida State Law 1006.53 and Florida Atlantic University does not condone hazing among any student organization. To be clear, hazing is not tolerated in student organizations, sport clubs, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities, marching band or anywhere at FAU. Any individual found responsible for hazing is subject to both the criminal and FAU judicial process.
At Florida Atlantic University, we expect our students to hold themselves to a higher standard, creating an environment characterized by respect and true leadership. Getting involved in student organizations at FAU is wonderfully worthwhile and all students deserve a positive and meaningful experience.
To report acts of hazing, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 561-297-3542 or online at http://www.fau.edu/studentconduct/hazing.php. 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!
Alicia Keating Polson
Director, Student Involvement & Leadership
Florida Atlantic University
Alternatives to Hazing for Student Organizations
Breaking the Hazing Cycle