Greek Life Policies
Hazing is strictly forbidden by Wofford College and is a violation of South Carolina state law.& Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation planned or created, on or off campus, that is demeaning to an individual; produces mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule; or which threatens or endangers the health, safety, and will being of any person, regardless of whether that person is a member of a group or a team, whether new or not, and regardless of that person’s willingness to participate.
Activities and situations considered hazing include but are not limited to:
- pressure to use alcohol
- beating, paddling or any other forms of physical assault
- forced (whether explicit or implicit) consumption of food, water, alcohol, or drugs
- creating excessive fatigue
- physical or psychological shocks
- quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips
- kidnapping or abandonment
- forced (whether explicit or implicit) wearing, publicly or privately, inappropriate costumes or apparel not normally in good taste
- engaging in public stunts
- any form of personal servitude
- morally degrading or humiliating games
- interference with academic pursuits
- or any activities which are inconsistent with the fraternal law, ritual, or policy or inconsistent with the regulations, policies or the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities of Wofford College.
If you are still unsure, ask yourself these questions to determine if an act is hazing:
- Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
- Would we get in trouble if the organization advisor walked by?
- Would you let your national headquarters know what you are doing?
- Is it causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to myself or others?
- If someone were injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by the insurance carrier?
To report hazing anonymously, 24 hours a day, call 864-597-2222 or fill out the Campus Safety silent witness form by selecting hazing in the drop down menu under “type of incident.” You will not be required to identify yourself if you do not choose to do so.
All social events held at Greek Village must follow the Greek Village social event policy. In addition, events hosted by Greek letter organizations must:
- Have signed fraternity or sorority lease agreement or signed contract to reserve space at the AMS/NPHC House on file with the Office of Greek Life. If hosting event off campus, must have signed contract with outside venue on file with Office of Greek Life.
- Be current on all lease payments to Wofford College, and otherwise in good standing with the Office of Student Affairs.
- Have proof of current liability insurance on file with the Office of Greek Life in the minimum amounts as stated in housing lease.
- Have representatives attend fraternity and sorority risk management workshop held at the beginning of each academic semester.
- Complete the social event request form by Tuesday at 11:59 pm for each hosted event.
- Have current guest list on file with the Office of Greek Life, which must be compliant with Inter/National Headquarter policies.