What to do with hazing?

Verified 10 October 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

You think you were a witness or a victim of hazing? Here is the useful information to deal with this situation.

If you are subjected to or commit humiliating or degrading acts, then you are a victim of hazing.

This is the case, for example, if someone makes you drink excessively even if you consent.

Hazing is a offense.

The facts must take place during an event or meeting related to the school, sports or socio-educational environment.

You may be the victim or guilty of hazing if you are students in schools and institutions of first, second degree, higher education and special education.

You are also affected if you participate in an educational, sports or socio-educational activity in a public or private organization.

The legal persons (e.g. sports club) may also be liable.

You have to complain at the police station or gendarmerie of your choice.

You must then inform the administrative authority of the establishment without delay.

The officials of the establishment will have to refer the case to the public prosecutor and initiate disciplinary proceedings against the authors and staff who contributed to the hazing.

Hazing is punishable by 6 months imprisonment and €7,500 of fine. These sentences are doubled if the victim is a vulnerable person.


acts of violence, threats or sexual abuse are offenses other than hazing. They are punishable by fines or imprisonment of up to 10 years.

The legal person convicted person faces a fine of €37,500 and the closure of the hazing premises.

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