At UCSB, we believe that belonging is a core value.
Every student should be able to join or maintain membership in an organization without being humiliated, degraded, pressured, or physically harmed. Hazing runs counter to our beliefs, the UCSB Campus Regulations, UC systemwide policy, and California State law, and it harms both victims and the greater campus community.
UCSB defines hazing as "any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate," and has a zero-tolerance approach to hazing. While hazing directly contravenes most organizational goals and values, many campus groups participate in activities that, often unknowingly, cause mental or physical harm to their members.
In keeping with campus values, UCSB became a member of the fourth cohort of the National Hazing Prevention Consortium beginning in fall 2021.
By investing in this data-driven, research-oriented program, we hope to bring about meaningful change in our campus’ culture to make UCSB a more welcoming place for all students.
If you have concerns that a UCSB campus organization could be hazing, we encourage you to make a report by clicking here and selecting "student organizational conduct" from the drop-down menu. Reports can be made anonymously; however, anonymous reports frequently fail to include sufficient information for action to be taken. We do our utmost to protect the identities of reporting parties. In the past, reporting parties have created new email addresses solely to interact with representatives from our office.
You can also call Dr. Emma Parker, Coordinator, Student Success & Community standards at 805-893-5405. Phone conversations can be anonymous, but they allow for follow up questions to obtain important information needed to move forward with an investigation.
Did you know…?
Experience hazing prior to college
Who are hazed do not identify their experience as hazing
Of incidents identified as hazing by students go unreported
Of students involved in campus groups will be hazed in college