Carnegie Mellon University

Hazing Prevention & Response at CMU

At CMU, all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We aspire for Carnegie Mellon to embody a community of care, support and respect, and one that is welcoming, inclusive and safe for all. We work together to ensure that is reality.

Report a Hazing Incident

Anyone, from inside or outside of the CMU community, with a concern that hazing might be occurring is urged, and encouraged, to report it. There are many ways you can report hazing at CMU. You can share it with someone you trust, like your housefellow, RA or CA, a faculty member or any other member of the CMU community. You can also make a direct report or report anonymously through the Ethics Reporting Hotline.

The university prohibits retaliation as a result of reporting. If someone is concerned about retaliation, the university will work with them to protect their identity.

Direct Reporting

The most direct way to report any suspected hazing activity to the university is to call or to email the associate vice president of Student Affairs for community engagement.

Josh Centor, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Community Engagement
Phone: 412-268-8054 

Anonymous Reporting

Anyone can anonymously file a report through the Ethics Reporting Hotline.

Ethics Reporting Hotline
Phone: 844-587-0793

All submissions will be shared with appropriate university personnel.


The ethics hotline is not an emergency service. On-campus emergencies should be reported directly to University Police at 412-268-2323 and off-campus emergencies should be reported directly to 911.

Defining Hazing

Hazing: Any action or situation on or off-campus that intentionally, knowingly or recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized by the university.

Any such activity shall be presumed to be forced regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate.

Hazing Prevention & Education

Hazing prevention starts with education. CMU takes a proactive approach to hazing prevention by providing multiple educational opportunities to the Tartan community.


Each intercollegiate athletics team is required to meet with the Director of Athletics before each season begins to discuss hazing prevention.

Women's soccer team in a huddle

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hazing education is included in training for new member educators and is a part of the on-boarding process for students joining the Greek community.

students posing on stage at Greek Sing competition

Student Organizations

All student organization leaders have the opportunity to attend the Tartan Leadership Conference, which includes sessions dedicated to hazing prevention.

CMU students sitting on the fence
Students and/or recognized student organizations accused of violating CMU's hazing policy or violating Pennsylvania criminal hazing laws will be subject to investigation and review through the university community standards process.