NCAA Athletic Teams

Memphis Athletics supports the University of Memphis in its efforts to prevent hazing. Memphis Athletics does not condone hazing in any form. The following information is provided to all student-athletes at UofM in the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct:

"Hazing. As defined in T.C.A. § 49-7-123(a)(1),any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety.

Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization. Hazing also includes the following: any action taken or situation created for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with (or continued membership in), any group or organization which is intended to produce physical discomfort, injury, mental discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule.

Such actions or situations include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, branding, creation of excessive fatigue; wearing of apparel which is conspicuous or not in good taste; engaging in public stunts; participation in degrading or humiliating games and activities. All acts (active and passive) of hazing as well as allowing oneself to be hazed are prohibited."

The term "hazing" does not include an action sponsored by an institution of higher education which requires any athletic practice, conditioning or completion of curricular activity.

Penalties in cases of individual violators are outlined in the UofM Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Organizations found to be encouraging or authorizing hazing may be subject to suspension or termination of activities, as well as any penalties pursuant to the penal law.

Finally, the NCAA, the University of Memphis, and Memphis Athletics are committed to good sportsmanship and ethical conduct. Memphis Athletics has incorporated the following ideas from the NCAA in its practice of hazing prevention:

Hazing Team Building
Humiliates and degrades Promotes respect and dignity
Tears down individuals Supports and empowers
Creates division Creates real teamwork
Lifelong nightmares Lifelong memories
Shame and secrecy  Pride and integrity
Is a power trip Is a shared positive experience

Student-athletes may report hazing to coaches, assistant coaches, sport supervisors, or to the Office of Student Accountability, Outreach, and Support.