Greek Life

What about Hazing?

Hazing is illegal in the State of Illinois. In addition to this, Western Illinois University, and the governing body of all organizations represented at WIU, including the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC), and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) stand firm in their conviction and refusal to tolerate hazing in any form.

Hazing is a recurrent blight that can attack any organization whenever a few persons attempt to substitute force for reason and expediency for understanding. Such persons seem to believe that subjecting members to a series or ordeals will make them fit in and that fear will somehow make them more disciplined and mature. Even though such methods may seem efficient in the short run, there can be no justification whatsoever for hazing. The principles and values of Western Illinois University as well as each and every fraternity and sorority at WIU are in stark contrast to any act of hazing and these values must be evident in the words and actions of all members. Therefore, the university retains the right to sanction organizations as well as individuals who are involved in or permit hazing.

Each fraternity and sorority and all of the three governing councils at Western Illinois University (IFC, MGC, and PHC) joins the university and the aforementioned organizations in their refusal to accept or tolerate hazing activities in any form, included practices by new members, active members, alumni, or any recognized university organization. Whatever form it takes, hazing subverts and corrupts the true fraternal experience. In its more extreme forms, hazing risks human lives, brutalizes everyone involved, and jeopardizes the very existence of the entire Greek community.

While each organization has its own hazing policy, the Western Illinois University hazing policy reads as follows:

Hazing is strictly prohibited. Hazing shall be defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on University property or not, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule.

For more information, please contact the Assistant Director for Greek Life Programs in the Office of Student Activities at 309-298-3232 or at greeklife@wiu.edu.