The Fraternity Executives Association
Statement of Position on
Hazing and Pre-Initiation Activities
The Fraternity Executives Association has stated its position, periodically, in support of constructive educational and inspirational programs and has asserted unequivocally its opposition to hazing and pre-initiation activities which do not contribute to the positive development and welfare of pledges/associates and members.
Because hazing and other pseudo-initiation practices have not been rejected and eradicated completely in undergraduate activities and therefore remain a menace to the well-being of the College Fraternity System, the Fraternity Executives Association reaffirms and reasserts its position on this question.
- The Association believes that true fraternalism is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral
responsibility, respect for duly constituted authority and loyalty to the principles of higher
- The Association further believes that while social behaviour cannot be legislated, a fraternity
without morally sound precepts and practices is not a constructive influence upon college students.
- The Association further believes that a fraternity has a solemn obligation in the development of its
pledges/associates and members and that this responsibility extends alike to the institutions where
it is represented; to parents and others who make possible the education of pledges/associates and
members; to the communities where chapters are accountable for good citizenship; and to the
college fraternity system of which it is a part.
- The Association further believes that while much progress has been made, one of the most
damaging instruments to the fraternity system is the employment of a program of education which
includes hazing, and that this unproductive, ridiculous and hazardous custom has no rightful place
in the fraternity system.
- The Association defines hazing as any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on
or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment
or ridicule. Such activities and situations includes paddling in any form; creation of excessive
fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or
any other such activities carried on outside the confines of the house; wearing, publicly, apparel
which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery;
morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, late work sessions which interfere with
scholastic activities and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or
policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.