Fraternity and Sorority Headquarters Response
In concert with or in lieu of College action, the chapter’s alumni and/or Headquarters may also impose sanctions. These consequences may include disbanding or recolonizing the chapter. Many Chapter Headquarters adhere to the definition of hazing developed by the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group (FIPG):
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 may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; 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 or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution.
Hazing harms individuals, limits the development of genuine and trusting relationships within an organization, and is a violation of College policy and State law. Additionally, responsible \individuals can be sued in civil court for damages that result from the mental and/or physical harm caused by hazing. According to the Fraternal Information and Planning Group, most insurance policies exclude damages caused by hazing from coverage.