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What You Need to Know About Hazing

Hazing is defined as “any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate,” by HazingPrevention.org, a national organization dedicated to stopping the problem.

Examples include, but are not limited to, forced alcohol consumption, forced participation in activities and humiliation of new or potential members.

Hazing happens more often than you might think
These stats from HazingPrevention.org illustrate hazing’s unfortunate reach:

  • Hazing occurs in sports teams, clubs, Greek life, cheerleading, honor societies and more.
  • Hazing is often about power and control. Hazing does not build unity.
  • More than 79% of NCAA athletes report coming to college with a prior hazing experience from high school or middle school.
  • A significant number of hazing incidents and deaths involve alcohol consumption.
  • Hazing occurs in middle schools, high schools and colleges.
  • Both male and female students report a high level of hazing.

What to do if you see or are involved in hazing
Assess the situation. Be able to recognize hazing when it’s happening around you.

Speak out. Express your concerns and suggest alternatives. Remind others of your group’s goals and mission.

Remove yourself safely. Do not physically intervene and do not drive away under the influence.

Report it. Call 911 if any lives are in danger, then notify campus authorities.

How to prevent hazing
Develop policies that specifically prohibit hazing. There should be zero tolerance for any activity that belittles or harasses anyone.

Train advisors and coaches to recognize and stop hazing. Leaders of groups on campus should be at the forefront of putting an end to hazing. Encourage them to develop team-building activities that build up participants.

Train students about hazing policies and reporting procedures. Every student should know exactly what constitutes hazing and how to report it.

Source: HazingPrevention.or

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