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Hazing and Greek Organizations

Published November 3, 2014

The University at Buffalo has a zero-tolerance policy 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. 

Our policies on hazing are very clear on what actions the university may take when an alleged incident occurs. Generally speaking, whenever there is a hazing incident or other serious violation of UB’s student code of conduct, students are immediately suspended by the university. Such alleged incidents are then investigated, and final determination of a student’s academic status results from the university’s judicial process. This could lead to long-term suspensions or expulsion from UB.

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” fraternities and sororities because these organizations do not commit to the university’s high code of standards governing student behavior and organizational activities. 

Recognized organizations must encourage academic excellence, self governance, and service to the university and greater community. They must offer opportunities for leadership and encourage mutual respect for others. 

UB has 39 recognized fraternities and sororities affiliated with our campus.  These groups 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 allowed to join a fraternity or sorority until they have earned 12 credits and have a GPA of at least 2.00. 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 date-rape prevention, and the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol/substance abuse. Attendees are throughly informed of the hazing and alcohol policies of both UB and the State of New York.

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.