b'for addressing incidents of hazing through defined sanctions. As a faculty member, you should familiarize yourself with your institutions 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 ones physical and emotional health, and often impairs a students 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.Traumatic Experiences220'