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Hazing Education Initiative

at Florida State University

Information for NCAA Athletes at FSU

Dear Student–athletes, student trainers and student managers,

As the University's most visible ambassadors, you are expected to uphold, at all times, high standards of integrity and behavior, which will reflect well upon you, your family, coaches, teammates, and the Department of Athletics and Florida State University. You are expected to act with propriety, to respect the rights of others, and to abide by all rules and regulations of Florida State University, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA. Failure to do so may result in suspension from the team or even the University.

Student–athletes, student trainers and student managers are expected to work with their teams in order to accomplish their group goals and objectives within the boundaries of fair play, good sportsmanship and mutual respect for all team members. As a new member to a team, you may feel personal or social pressure to earn or prove your membership. This could result in your participation or your agreement to perform actions that might be considered hazing.

Hazing is inconsistent with the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play as well as the basic values of this university. Florida State University does not condone or tolerate hazing among any student(s) or student organization(s). Hazing includes "any group or individual action or activity that inflicts or intends to inflict physical or mental harm or discomfort or which may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent or consent of participant(s)" (see Section 5, D of the Student Conduct Code for the full definition). If you feel personal or social pressure to participate in activities that may include harassment, ridicule, intimidation, or physical exhaustion as a result of membership within your team, please contact the Florida State University Police Department immediately at (850) 644–1234.

Additionally it is expected that all persons who participate in, coach or assist with Intercollegiate Athletics uphold and abide by federal, state and local ordinances as well as University, Conference and NCAA policies.

If you have any questions or need information regarding possible hazing incidents within your team, please feel free to contact John Lata in the Student Services Office at 644-3281 or at, or the University Dean of Students Department at 644-2428.

NCAA Hazing Prevention Resources

NCAA Health and Safety website

NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook

NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook (page 63)

Report Hazing:
FSU Police: 850–644–1234
Online: Hazing Reporting System

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