- Linfield College
Fraternity and Sorority Life

Linfield University has no tolerance for hazing. Hazing that involves alcohol, physical abuse, or any behavior that puts a student’s mental or physical health at risk will result in swift permanent revocation of College recognition for the chapter involved. 

Linfield University defines hazing as any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally 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 into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any registered student organization.

How To Report If Hazing Has Occurred

  • Report directly to any of the following Linfield Administration:
    • Athletics: (503) 883-2410, gkillgor@linfield.edu, HHPA 221
    • Linfield Public Safety: (503) 883-SAFE (7233), cps@linfield.edu, Cozine Hall
    • Dean of Students: (503) 883-2436, dos@linfield.edu, Melrose 110
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life: (503) 883-2511, fsl@linfield.edu, Riley 301
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities: (503) 883-2349, ahammond@linfield.edu, Melrose 110
  • Anonymously Report Hazing - This anonymous report form is used to gather and record information regarding incidents of hazing on or around our campus, and to inform the community about campus climate. Do not use this form if you would like the college to respond to this report as a conduct violation. The college will not/cannot investigate reports submitted anonymously. Completing this form does NOT constitute a police report or a student conduct report. This information is submitted for informational purposes only.

Hazing includes, but is not limited to

Any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property.

Any activities as described in this definition upon which the initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in a registered student organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding. Any registered student organization or Linfield University student that commits hazing is subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Who Should Report Hazing?

YOU SHOULD. If you witness hazing or if you are hazed, you are responsible for making sure you report the incident. Hazing affects all of us. Our entire community suffers when any organization chooses to haze. Don’t think that because your organization doesn’t haze you aren’t involved. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

How To Prevent Hazing

All members of the Linfield community are responsible for ensuring that Linfield remains free from hazing. Help by doing the following:

  • If anyone is in immediate danger, dial 911 and/or contact Linfield Public Safety (503) 883-SAFE (7233).
  • Before joining any organization at Linfield, be certain that you and the organization’s leadership have discussed and signed a statement in support of maintaining the dignity and respect of all community members, promising not to accept or engage in hazing.
  • If you believe that you have been asked to participate in an activity that may be considered hazing, contact the Linfield administrator responsible for the organization (coach, advisor, coordinator, staff/faculty member). A careful evaluation of the activity can be made to ensure its appropriateness.

Resources

Student Rights & Responsibilities | Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention | Student Health, Wellness, and Counseling | 2019 National Hazing Prevention College Resource & Planning Guide

Alcohol Violations

Alcohol abuse and illegal alcohol use, on or off College premises, negatively is a violation of the Student Policy Guide and Guide to Living at Linfield.

Alcohol-related misconduct on or off campus falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Conduct. Policies - Alcohol & Other Drugs provides additional information.  

Students may also face legal action for alcohol-related behavior.

Sexual Assault or Misconduct

Linfield University is committed to fostering an environment free from sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities ensures compliance with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the sex or gender of employees and students. Behaviors including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, as well as retaliation for reporting any of these acts violate Title IX and are not tolerated.