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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–124 WAC: General Conduct Code for the University of Washington

WAC 478–124–037: Conduct on campus code — Hazing.


All university organizations, associations and student living groups are prohibited from hazing.

(1) Hazing includes:

  (a) Any method of initiation into a student organization or living group, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization or living group that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious mental or emotional harm to any student or other person attending the university; and

  (b) Conduct associated with initiation into a student organization or living group, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to an organization or living group not amounting to a violation of (a) of this subsection, but including such conduct as humiliation by ritual act and sleep deprivation. Consent is no defense to hazing. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competition.

(2) Any university organization, association or student living group that knowingly permits hazing as defined in subsection (1)(a) of this section shall be deprived of official recognition or approval granted by the university. Any university organization, association or student living group that knowingly permits hazing as defined in subsection (1)(b) of this section shall be placed on probation for a period specified by the university.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and 28B.10.900 through 28B.10.903. 96-10-051, § 478-124-037, filed 4/29/96, effective 5/30/96.]