Division I Athletics

The Department of Athletics at the University at Albany supports only those activities which are constructive, educational, and that contribute to the academic and personal development of students. UAlbany Athletics opposes any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.

Examples of Hazing activities as listed in the Student-Athlete Handbook include:

  • Any type of initiation or other activity where there is an expectation of individuals joining a particular team to participate in behavior designed to humiliate, degrade, or abuse them regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring any individual to consume alcohol or any other substance.
  • Forcing, requiring, or pressuring any individual to shave any part of their body, including the hair on their head.
  • Any requirement or pressure put on an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, and publicly indecent, contrary to his/her genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g., public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct, or sexual gestures in public.
  • Required eating of anything an individual would refuse to eat otherwise.
  • Any activity or action that creates a risk to the health, safety, or property of the University or any member of its community.
  • Forcing or requiring calisthenics, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and runs.
  • Assigning or endorsing “pranks” such as stealing or harassment of another organization.
  • Awakening or disturbing individuals during normal sleeping hours.
  • Expecting or pressuring individuals to participate in an activity in which the full membership is not willing to participate.
  • Physical abuse of any kind.
  • Forcing, encouraging, or pressuring someone to wear in public apparel, which is conspicuous and not within the norm of what is considered to be in good taste.
  • Nudity at any time, or forced reading of pornographic material.
  • Paddling, beating or otherwise permitting a member to hit other members.
  • Morally degrading, humiliating games or other activity that makes a member the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.
  • Subjecting a member to cruel and unusual psychological conditions.

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed hazing associated with a Division I Athletic Team, you can help yourself, your friend, and your team
by taking action to help stop and prevent future occurrences; do not assume that nothing serious will happen as a result of the hazing activity.  The first step is to report observations directly or confidentially either via the web or phone.   

You may report directly or confidentially using the following OPTIONS:

  • To report an emergency dial 911 from any phone
  • To confidentially report via phone: Cara White, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator, 518-442-2639.  You may also email Ms. White at [email protected].
  • To confidentially report via the web: albany.edu/stophazing/report.shtml
  • To report directly to police:
    University Police…518-442-3131 or submit anonymous report at http://police.albany.edu/crime_report.shtml
    Albany City Police…518-438-4000 or text “APDTips” to the anonymous tip line at 847411 (Tip411)


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