Hazing Policy

Wellesley College complies with Massachusetts State Law prohibiting hazing.

The definition of "hazing" is therefore any conduct or methods of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to weather, forced consumption of food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Consent shall not be available as a defense to any other prosecution of this action. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing and is at the scene of such a crime shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such a crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as responsibly possible. (Section 18).

As defined by Massachusetts State Law, the punishment for hazing is as follows: Whoever is a participating principal organizer in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment. (Section 17). Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars. In addition, any suspected violation of this law should be reported to the Dean of Students or to the Chief Justice/ Honor Code Council.


Contact Us

Office of the Dean of Students
Green Hall 344
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Linda Hilts
Executive Assistant
Tel: 781.283.2322