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Student Conduct and Academic Integrity


Report Hazing

Activities that degrade others or jeopardize their safety have no place at the University of South Carolina, where we believe in caring for others and respecting the dignity of all people.

Submit an Incident Report

Call the anonymous hazing hotline at 803-777-5800, or submit an incident report online.

 

Hazing Laws 

South Carolina Laws

Our state recognizes hazing as a wrongful act. It is prohibited by law for a student to harm, or threaten harm, to a subordinate student in order to punish, injure or humiliate them for initiation into a campus organization at any state supported university, college or public institutions of higher learning.

South Carolina Code of Laws section 59-101-200

Tucker Hipps Transparency Act

We are required to maintain an updated public report of conduct violations made by Greek organizations affiliated with the university.

Tucker Hipps Transparency Act 
Conduct Violations by Student Organizations at USC »


Our Commitment to Address Hazing

The University of South Carolina will investigate any known hazing incidents. You can assist our efforts to protect you and your fellow scholars by providing as much detail as possible when reporting an incident. You may feel the instinct to protect your identity, and we will accept anonymous submissions, but bear in mind that officials are much better able to complete an investigation when they are able to identify the source of the report.

Examples of Hazing
  • Being forced or coerced to wear odd items of clothing, including dressing out of character (bright hats, fanny packs, etc.)
  • Being forced or encouraged to miss class for organization-related obligations (setting up tailgates, for example)
  • Being forced to carry unnecessary objects at all times
  • Being forced or coerced to drive or be a designated driver
  • Withholding initiation dates (i.e., “I don’t know when I’m being initiated.”)
  • Silence during class (i.e., not being allowed to speak to others)
  • Acts of personal servitude
  • Unreasonable interference with a student’s academic performance
  • Forced or coerced consumption of food, alcohol, drugs or any other substance
  • Forced or coerced exclusion from social contact
  • Branding
  • Creation of unnecessary fatigue (including but not limited to acts that stem from forced physical activity, such as calisthenics or deprivation of sleep)
  • Deprivation of food
  • Beating, whipping or paddling in any form
  • Line-ups and berating
  • Physical and/or psychological shock
  • Kidnapping or abandonment
  • Any activity that would be viewed by a reasonable person as subjecting any person to embarrassment, degradation or humiliation
  • Expectation of participation in activities that are unlawful, lewd or in violation of university policy


Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT)

In order to determine the best way to address a hazing incident, a team of caring professionals is appointed to ask students questions in a judgement-free zone. 

CIIT Timeline

Day One
An incident is reported and a temporary suspension is issued to the leaders of the organization.
 

Day Two - Five
The CIIT will interview the students involved.

Day Six
CIIT issues report findings. The office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity will determine whether or not to pursue a conduct case.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity