At the University of Guelph we have a long, rich history of student engagement in volunteer roles, student government, clubs, athletic teams, and student organizations. Many students are proud members of professional programs and are keen to immerse themselves in their academic disciplines, their sport, or their co-curricular endeavours. Within this context, all Gryphons are committed to providing a safe(r) campus environment in which every person is valued and respected. As a caring and respectful community, we believe that when someone is engaging in co-curricular activities, they should be free to be their authentic selves and not have to engage in or submit to any activity that is demeaning, harmful, and/or potentially illegal. As such, the University of Guelph prohibits student organizations, teams, groups and their members from engaging individually or collectively in hazing activities. The Anti-Hazing protocol was developed in 2014 to clearly address our institutional commitment to an environment free from hazing.
Hazing is defined as any action or activity that could reasonably be seen to humiliate, degrade or cause psychological, physical and/or reputational harm to a person for the purpose of initial or continued admittance, affiliation or initiation to any student organization, team or group irrespective of the location of actions or activities or the person’s willingness to participate.
In reference to the definition provided above, examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:
- verbal, written or image abuse;
- threats or implied threats;
- drinking games;
- illegal activities;
- inappropriate exposure to the elements;
- nudity or immodest dress;
- physical harm or potential physical harm;
- sleep deprivation; and/or
- physical restraint.
Campus Policies and Guiding Documents
- Anti-Hazing Protocol
- Varsity Athletics Athletes Code of Conduct
- Visit the University Secretariat's website to review additional University of Guelph policies.
Available Trainings and Further Information
If your group or team is looking for support, ideas, and/or training around positive and effective team building, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member in Student Life will get back to you and provide the resources and support necessary to help you provide a space that does not promote hazing, while still promoting the positive aspects of team bonding, community building and team development.
Reporting a Hazing Incident
Incidents of hazing are dealt with by the on-campus body that has the appropriate jurisdiction. The AVP-Student Affairs is also involved in the process as per the Anti-Hazing Protocol.
If you want to report a hazing incident, you can do so in the following ways:
- For incidents in athletics, contact Intercollegiate Manager Angela Orton email@example.com/ext 53555
- For incidents in residence, contact Assistant Director - Residence Life Pat Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org/ext. 52238
- For incidents within student clubs and organizations, contact LEAD Advisor Shannon Thibodeau email@example.com/ext.54362
If you are not comfortable reporting an incident(s) to one of the above individuals, you can always contact Campus Community Police at ext. 52245. For any on-campus emergency please contact ext. 2000