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Traumatic Experiences
Students on college campuses have the opportunity to join a
wide range of groups, including athletic teams, fraternities
and sororities, performing arts ensembles, religious groups
and public service organizations. Many students belong to
some form of student organization or extracurricular group.
These groups, by and large, provide positive out-of-the-
classroom learning experiences, and in many cases are
important platforms for social, cultural, and interpersonal
support. Entry into some of these groups may involve formal
or informal initiation practices which, in and of themselves,
are not harmful to a student’s academic experience. There
are, however, times when these practices become hazing,
and are detrimental to the student.
One university has defined hazing this way:
“an act that, as an explicit or implicit condition for initiation
to, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership
in a group or organization, could be seen by a reasonable
person as endangering the physical health of an individual or
as causing mental distress to an individual through, for
example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment;
destroys or removes public or private property; involves the
consumption of alcohol, other drugs, or other substances; or
violates any of the policies of the university.”
Your institution should have a clear definition of what
constitutes hazing, as well as policies and procedures in place