Hazing on Campus

Hazing on Campus

Hazing with Greek Life on Campus95% of Students Don’t Report Hazing to Campus Officials

Hazing has been a timeless and illegal tradition on college and university campuses.

Often seen hand-in-hand with Greek Life on campus and athletic teams, hazing can still be found across student groups such as honor societies and performing arts groups.

It’s important staff, faculty and students know the statistics on hazing as well as the legal consequences if hazing is occurring on your campus.  

60% of College Students Have Been Hazed

According to a study by Stop Hazing, three out of five students are subjected to hazing on campus and 95 percent of students who are hazed, don’t report hazing to campus officials.

Students often participate in high-risk and life-threatening hazing activities for the following perceived benefits:

  • Provides a sense of accomplishment
  • Makes him/her feel like part of the group
  • Promotes self-discipline
  • Prepares him/her for emotional challenges in life
  • Allows him/her to do crazy things

As the perceived benefits show, students often willingly participate in hazing activities to gain admittance into the group or club at whatever costs. Hazing behaviors can often be violent and nonsensical.

The most frequently reported hazing behaviors:

  • Drinking games or consumption of large amounts of alcohol until ill
  • Singing/chanting in public
  • Association with specific people and not others
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Screamed, yelled and cursed by current members

Legally, hazing is banned in 44 states. Each has different stipulations for the harshness of the criminal charges, but as you’ll see most are very serious when it comes to hazing charges.

Worried About Hazing on Your Campus?

Unfortunately, some fraternity chapters throughout the nation have resisted stopping hazing rituals and have become national headlines for the death of new members – facing disciplinary expulsion, criminal fines, jail time and more.

National Hazing Prevention Hotline Logo 1-888-NOT-HAZE

To report known or suspected hazing, please call 1-888-NOT-HAZE.

Here are 5 helpful guidelines to follow when examining hazing on your campus:

  • Provide hazing awareness and prevention training for students, faculty and staff on hazing and the dangers associated with it.
  • Meet regularly with student groups on campus to clarify campus policy and understand their implementation process.
  • Enforce state laws and campus policies on hazing and implement strict disciplinary consequences – send students a consistent, clear message.
  • Offer students, faculty and staff a safe, anonymous way to report hazing incidents on campus – a known deterrent to reporting hazing is the fear of retaliation.
  • Host a campus forum for students, faculty and staff to have an honest and open discussion about hazing in student groups.

It’s important that your administration team sends a clear and recurring message to students about hazing and its role on your campus – prohibited and in most states, illegal.

Your campus can pay the price if you are found to be negligent in criminal hazing cases – as well as shine a negative spotlight on your campus.

As student groups begin to offer new membership to students during the school year, remember to review and update your campus policies about hazing.

See your state-specific hazing laws here

How SafeColleges Can Help


The SafeColleges Training System includes a Hazing course for administrators and staff 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.

We’re excited to work with expert-author Bonnie Hedrick, PhD, the President of Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC. She is a member of the University of Cincinnati faculty and has served on the board of Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.

For more information on the SafeColleges Training System and our Hazing course, please contact us at 1.800.434.0154 or info@safecolleges.com. Free trials are available.