Hazing Policy 

Winona State University strictly prohibits hazing. We uphold Minnesota State’s policy, helping to ensure our students a learning environment that promotes their growth, wellness, and safety. 

Hazing is defined as an act which: 

  • endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, subjects a person to public humiliation or ridicule
  • destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a student group/club, organization, or athletic team

Actions and activities that are explicitly prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Actions that recklessly or intentionally endanger the physical and mental health or safety of students
  • Forced or required consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or any other substance
  • Forced or required participation in physical activities, such as calisthenics, exercise, or so-called games
  • Excessive fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercise.
  • Assignment of activities that would be illegal or unlawful or might be morally offensive to individual members, associate members, or pledges
  • Physical brutality, including paddling, striking with fists, open hands, or objects, and branding
  • Kidnapping, being the transportation with the intent of stranding individuals
  • Verbal abuse
  • Denial of sufficient time to study
  • The intentional creation of clean-up work or labor for members, associate members, or pledges by active members or alumni
  • Theft of/or damage to property

Violations against the WSU Hazing Policy will be processed under the terms and conditions of the WSU Student Conduct Policy and/or the local law authorities. 

Dr. Karen Johnson
Dean of Students

Kryzsko Commons 230

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Candice Guenther
Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life

Kryzsko Commons 230

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