What are initiations?

“Any activities expected of someone joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate” - Hoover & Pollard (1999)
Initiations (sometimes known as hazing or ragging), are events organised by student groups, societies or sports teams, where students are coerced into behaviours which are disrespectful, humiliating, and could potentially be dangerous, often under the guise of team or social bonding.

Initiations often encourage:
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol very quickly. There is a direct correlation between drinking excessive amounts alcohol in a short space of time and risk of death. 
  • The committing of criminal acts
  • Behaviour which might reasonably be perceived as humiliating, demeaning, or degrading
  • Actions which would bring the University into disrepute
Initiations are not acceptable at Newcastle University and those involved will be subject to investigation.


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