b'THE STUDENT WHO HAS EXPERIENCED HAZING 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 students 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 placeTraumatic Experiences219'