All student groups can haze-- not just marching bands, sports teams, and fraternities or sororities. Fortunately, organizations can do a variety of things to prevent hazing. While being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of student life, hazing is a serious problem that undermines the value of these experiences for many individuals. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership believes it is important to examine these practices explicitly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.
What is hazing?
Hazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to specific members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
What to do:
If you are thinking about joining a group, consider whether or not doing so might involve some type of initiation (official or not), and what that might entail.
You might have a variety of reactions and might not know what to do.
If you are concerned that someone you know is being hazed, you can make a difference by helping that person.
Many individuals want hazing to stop. In order to play a role in preventing hazing, there are six steps that individuals must go through to move from being bystanders to active change agents.
Some people think that hazing is an important part of making their organization bond as a group-- we know that isn't the right way to go about it. Check out alternatives to hazing.
As a parent, you may be concerned about your student's college experience and whether or not hazing might be part of it. Talk with your student about hazing so that they can walk away.
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