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for addressing incidents of hazing through defined sanctions.
As a faculty member, you should familiarize yourself with
your institution’s policies and definitions of hazing so that
you can take appropriate action in the event that a student
reports an incident of hazing to you.
Initiation practices and hazing
Although initiation practices generally help new members
become part of a group, research and experience have
shown that when policies are not observed, they can also
constitute hazing. Hazing takes various forms, but typically
involves endangering the physical health of an individual or
causing mental distress through, for example, humiliating,
intimidating, or demeaning treatment. Often hazing involves
pressure to drink alcohol, sometimes in dangerous amounts.
Being hazed is serious and can have a significant effect on
one’s physical and emotional health, and often impairs a
student’s academic performance.
Hazing is a problem nationwide. Nearly half of the students
arriving to campus each year have already experienced
hazing in high school, and numerous college students will go
through an experience that meets the above definition of
hazing while at college.
You can help stop hazing
If you want to help stop hazing, find out about the steps to
take and the resources that are available at your institution.
If you become aware of hazing, you are encouraged to report
it through the defined reporting channels at your institution.