As first year students begin to make their mark on campus, they often look forward to joining student groups to meet new friends and to be a part of something bigger.
Whatever the student group is – a sorority/fraternity, an athletic team, the band, or an academic group – the cost of admittance could be dangerous, and even sometimes deadly.
Students joining new student groups often have to go through an initiation phase or “pledging,” which often involves hazing. Hazing is the imposition of strenuous, often humiliating, tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical activity.
Hazing has been in the national spotlight the past few years, yet the practice hasn’t stopped and has cost more than just negative attention and fines to universities and colleges.
In fact, 4 students lost their lives to hazing last year alone – changing their families’, peers’, and university leaders’ lives forever.
5 Quick Facts About Hazing
Hazing has serious ramifications for students involved, as well as universities or colleges found liable, so it’s important to understand what hazing is and how to prevent it on your campus.
- 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.
- 1 in 5 students have witnessed hazing on their campus.
- 95% of students who experienced hazing didn’t report hazing to campus officials.
- 82% of hazing-related deaths involved alcohol.
- 25% of students who experienced hazing believe coaches or advisors knew.
Hazing has manifested on college and university campuses across the United States for far too long. It’s legally banned in 44 states, yet year-after-year, there’s another headline, and another life lost.
Prevent and Reduce Hazing on Your Campus
Make sure your campus sends a clear and powerful message about hazing on your campus and its consequences.
Here are 5 powerful tips that can help reduce hazing on your campus:
- Create a student group council to monitor initiation for all campus groups.
- Ban alcohol use during initiation periods for members and new members.
- Establish “best practices” for student groups on campus.
- Educate student groups about alternative techniques and activities that promote group bonding.
- Enforce student training on hazing awareness prevention as well as offer an anonymous reporting platform for victims.
Most importantly, review and update your student group initiation policies, specifically if you’re concerned about hazing on campus. Make sure your campus isn’t the next hazing headline.
To learn about hazing activities and why students take part in them, click here!
How SafeColleges Can Help
The SafeColleges Training System includes a Hazing Prevention: Misconceptions and Pitfalls course designed to break the cycle of hazing in Greek Life, athletic teams, and other clubs and organizations on campus. Students learn through peer presenters and powerful testimonials, both from victims and perpetrators, that hazing is not effective. Our Employee Course Library includes a Hazing course that provides insight and advice to understand why hazing occurs, strategies to identify hazing and how to address hazing students on your campus. It will also cover the health and legal risks as well as your responsibility
The SafeColleges Online Tip Reporting System can be used to prevent and investigate sexual assault, hazing, discrimination, threats of violence and more on your campus. Alert lets students, faculty and staff anonymously report tips to your administration 24/7 from any web-enabled device. Users can submit tips through the phone, text, email and website. A SafeColleges Alert Mobile App will be available soon for students, faculty, and staff