University Stance on Hazing

Updated March 2, 2020

The University at Buffalo has zero-tolerance regarding hazing and aggressively pursues any violations of this policy that occur.  Hazing is inconsistent with the values of UB and, as such, the university has established policies to deter these behaviors and enact appropriate disciplinary action when needed. 

While federal privacy law prohibits UB from commenting on disciplinary proceedings involving individual students, whenever there is a serious violation of UB’s student code of conduct, such as hazing, students face suspension and the possibility of expulsion from the university.

Organized student life programs are a valuable part of the university environment and help further UB’s educational mission.  The university formally recognizes the status of those student organizations that abide by UB polices and the student code of conduct. Recognized student organizations further the university's educational mission. The university actively warns students not to join or participate in the activities of unrecognized fraternal groups because these organizations are not affiliated with the University and, therefore, may not be committed to the University’s high standards governing student behavior and organizational activities 

Many of the goals and expectations of recognized organizations is to promote, support and encourage academic excellence, self-governance, and service to the university and greater community.

UB has over 25 recognized social fraternities and sororities affiliated with our campus.  These organizations are expected to complement the university's educational mission and to comply with campus policies, rules and regulations, as well as federal, state, and local laws.  

To guide fraternities and sororities on our campus in a positive direction, the university has instituted a number of specific policies and procedures. Such policies include deferred recruitment.  This means that freshmen are not eligible for membership in a fraternity or sorority until they have earned 12 credits and have a GPA of at least 2.5. This encourages students to focus on their academic success before they become heavily involved in an organization that requires a serious time commitment.  

New fraternal members are required to attend informational seminars, which address such issues as: the history of Greek-letter societies, hazing and sexual assault prevention, and the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol/substance abuse. Attendees are informed regarding the hazing and alcohol policies of both UB and the State of New York.

Earlier this year, the university launched an internal review into the activities of Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations at UB. The internal review committee, established by former UB vice president for student life A. Scott Weber, examined each organization's health and safety educational programs, policies and practices, with a special focus on anti-hazing.

This internal review into the activities of Greek-letter, social, fraternal organizations at UB has been completed. The committee’s report specifies four broad recommendations, and 14 specific recommendations to improve University oversight and education and increase the accountability within these organizations for self-monitoring. You can learn more about this internal review in the news release

The university is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our students to pursue their studies and participate in appropriate activities that are an essential part of the college experience. 

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