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Risk Management

Delta Zeta Sisters

Each national organization has its own policies regarding risk management, alcohol, hazing, and related issues. Old Dominion University's fraternity and sorority chapters are obligated to follow the risk management guidelines of their national organizations as well as those of Old Dominion University. Not all organizations make their risk management policies open to the public

University Statement Against Hazing

It is the responsibility of all student organizations to encourage an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity and to provide positive influence and constructive development for members and aspiring members. As such, these organizations are expected to utilize good judgment to determine the abilities of individual students as they relate to organizational activities and requirements. "Hazing" is an unproductive and hazardous custom that is incongruous with this responsibility and has no place in university life, either on or off campus. Hazing is prohibited. Students and organizations that are found to have engaged in hazing may be disciplined in accordance with the University's disciplinary procedures.

Examples of Hazing

  • Paddling
  • All forms of physical activity which are used to harass or which are not a part of an organized athletic contest and not specifically directed toward constructive work (may include forced running, push-ups, calisthenics, etc.)
  • Requiring a particular group to "line up" or walk a particular way
  • Expecting members to use separate entrances to facilities such as a house, gym or building
  • Requiring members to carry items such as rocks, coins, paddles, books, food, chains, athletic equipment, bricks, etc. Road trips (involuntary excursions or "kidnapping" of members)
  • Confining another in any room or compartment
  • Spraying, painting, or pelting another with any substance
  • Burying in any substance
  • Requiring or compelling others to engage in activities creating unnecessary work, duties, detention, or any duties which impair academic efforts

  • Verbal harassment Requiring or compelling the wearing, in public, of apparel which is not in good taste (this could include clothing that is embarrassing or identical in nature)
  • Requiring or compelling the forced consumption of any liquid or solid substance
  • Depriving students of sufficient sleep (six consecutive hours per day is normally considered to be a minimum)
  • Preventing or restricting class attendance or employment requirements
  • Mandating any sorts of personal servitude
  • Scavenger hunts or any activity which requires members to search for various items around a location in a certain amount of time
  • Burning, branding, or tattooing any part of the body; or any other activity, whether voluntary or involuntary, which may cause physical injury or endanger the life of the individual being hazed.

Psychological Hazing

  • Encourage or intimidate a student to subject her/himself to any activity that could be defined as hazing
  • Cause embarrassment or shame to a member or pledge, cause a member or pledge to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule
  • Cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain