List of Hazing Deaths in the United States

This is a list of hazing deaths in the United States. This is not an exhaustive list. An exact list is not available as there is no system for tracking such deaths and there are often disagreements as to whether hazing is related to certain deaths. Inclusion in this list requires that the incident was described by the media as a hazing-related death; incidents involving criminal or civil proceedings that did not find a definite link with hazing may still be included if they meet this criterion.

According to the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention at the University of Maine, hazing is defined as “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.”

Chronological History of Hazing