North Carolina Hazing Law
Hazing is not permitted on ECU’s campus. This is in accordance with North Carolina law; the policies of East Carolina University, including the By-laws of the ECU Interfraternity Council; the North-American Interfraternity Conference; the National Pan-Hellenic Council; the National Panhellenic Conference; and all inter/national organizations represented on our campus, hazing is not permitted. All acts of hazing by any organization, member, and/or alumni are specifically forbidden. Refer to the Student Handbook for information concerning East Carolina University definition of hazing, North Carolina State law, and possible sanctions.
At East Carolina, the sanctions for hazing include:
Persons - normally, not less than disciplinary probation for one academic year, nor more than permanent separation from ECU. In addition the individual(s) including officers of the chapter could face criminal charges.
Organizations - not less than suspension of privileges for one academic year, nor more than indefinite disbanding of the organization.
Hazing: N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-35 states the following:
It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: "to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group." Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor.
- National or International fraternity and sorority headquarters may not solicit or recruit East Carolina University students to establish new chapters without informing the appropriate umbrella organization and the East Carolina University Office of Greek Life.
- New fraternities and sororities must be approved for expansion by the appropriate governing council in accordance with established expansion policies or, in the absence of a governing council, the Office of Greek Life.
- Once a group has membership and is granted permission to expand from the appropriate governing council and/or East Carolina University, a new fraternity or sorority must register as a student organization with the Student Organization Center, provide contact information for chapter officers and advisors(s), and submit a roster of members to the Office of Greek Life.
- Expansion for Interfraternity council fraternities must be in accordance with the standards of the North American Interfraternity conference. Expansion for Panhellenic Conference sororities must be in accordance with the National Panhellenic conference.