In line the UCLA OFSL mission, we seek to promote a safe environment where all students may participate in campus activities and organizations free of hazing.
Hazing is defined by the Student Code of Conduct (102.12) and the Student Group Code of Conduct (202.12) as:
Participating in, engaging in, or supporting hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a Student Group or other activity engaged in on behalf of the organization, by the organization or members of the organization at any time that causes, or can reasonably cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm.
More information about the Student and Student Group Code of Conduct can be found here: https://deanofstudents.ucla.edu/student-conduct-code.
Hazing is also a violation of California State Law. You can find the exact penal code language here: https://bit.ly/37UP28f.
Community Responsibility to Intervene:
Any hazing activity compromises the health, welfare, and safety of all Bruins. It is the responsibility of every member of the UCLA community to prevent hazing from occurring or from continuing.
OFSL challenges every member of the Bruin community to NOTICE the behavior of their peers and INTERPRET it as a problem if someone is at risk for physical/psychological harm or personal degradation. We then ask every member of the community to feel RESPONSIBLE to act and then INTERVENE when/where safe to do so.
We encourage community members to know and use the 3Ds of Intervention:
- Direct: Directly Intervening, in the moment and as its happening, to prevent a problem or situation from happening or becoming worse
- Delegate: Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is in authority (police officer, advisor, chapter officer, friend, university official)
- Distract: Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender
Anyone with information about hazing activities should report that information to email@example.com or by submitting using the UCLA Public Incident Report Form: https://ucla-advocate.symplicity.com/public_report/index.php/pid821495?
If you are looking to report an instance of hazing that is currently underway and needs immediate response, please contact UCPD at (310) 825-1491 or call OFSL’s mobile phone at 213-598-4376.
UCLA’s ability to investigate reported incidents, enforce the university’s expectations, and protect student safety depends on the accuracy and specificity of the information provided. You are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to address the reported behavior.
The form is not inherently anonymous as it does ask for a name and email address. You may create a non-identifiable email address/name to ensure anonymity, however, please be aware that the University may be unable to complete an investigation and/or hold students/organizations accountable without the ability to share and evaluate the source of the report for credibility.
Retaliation against any persons who reports misconduct, assists someone with a report of misconduct, or participates in any manner in an administrative review or resolution of a misconduct report is prohibited under both the Student Code of Conduct (102.32) and the Student Group Code of Conduct (202.32).
Use Available Resources:
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staffis committed to helping you educate your members about hazing prevention and intervention. Ask them to do a workshop or work with them to generate alternate chapter activities that do not put your members and/or organization at risk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-825-6322 to get connected. You can also text with OFSL staff on our mobile phone at 213-598-4376.
UCLA Office of Ombuds Services is a place where members of the UCLA community–students, faculty, staff and administrators–can go for assistance in resolving conflicts, disputes or complaints on an informal basis. In order to afford the greatest freedom in using its services, the Office is independent, neutral and confidential. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 310- 825-7627.
UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services has crisis counseling and emergency intervention available by phone 24 hours a day/7 days a week and 310-825-0768 for anyone experiencing distress.
Case Management Services: If you or a student you know is being hazed or is in crisis following a hazing incident, please utilize the resources on https://studentincrisis.ucla.edu/ to connect them with help.
StopHazing.orgprovides resources to integrate group activities that insttill a sense of belonging without hazing: https://stophazing.org/resources/healthy-groups/.