This page is a resource for students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and others interested in learning about hazing within student groups at SUNY Geneseo.
"I stand up against hazing because I believe in human dignity."
- Will Labate, Student Association
"As a Geneseo Ice Knights Hockey player I simply don't condone hazing because it puts unneeded pressure on students here at Geneseo to make improper decisions."
- Colin De Jersey, Student Athlete
College policy defines hazing as any act, explicit or implicit, committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization or team and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of the student, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts.
But how do you know if an activity is hazing? Ask yourself these questions:
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing.
Remember - to stop hazing, we must begin with education and strong leaders who care about the future of their organizations!
Find out more information about the Geneseo hazing policy and NY state law at:
As a member - new or returning - of a student organization at Geneseo you have an obligation to ensure that your organization upholds the principals upon which it was founded, as well as to protect your own dignity.
Check out the Hazing brochure for examples of hazing, hazing myths, and information on how to combat hazing in your organization. http://www.geneseo.edu/webfm_send/7454
In an emergency contact: University Police 585-245-5222
Dean of Students: 585-245-5706
Student Conduct and Campus Standards: 585-245-5714
Greek Affairs office: 585-245-5968
College Union & Activities Office: 585-245-5851
Athletics Director: 585-245-5345
*You can also discuss hazing related events with a Resident Director, Faculty, or Staff member. JUST STAND-UP AND TELL SOMEONE!
Hazing Prevention: HazingPrevention.org
Stop Hazing: Stophazing.org
The Gordie Foundation: http://www.gordie.org/Education.aspx
National Collaborative for Hazing research: http://www.hazingstudy.org/
Novak Institute: http://www.hazingprevention.org/programs/novak-institute