Stop Hazing Before It’s Too Late
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.
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.
To fully understand hazing and the gravity of its presence on campus, let’s breakdown some facts:
Of students are subjected to some form of hazing on campus.
Students have died in the last decade due to hazing.
Of students who are victims of hazing, don’t report it.
Of hazing deaths involve alcohol.
Students often participate in high-risk and life-threatening hazing activities for the following perceived benefits:
As the perceived benefits show, students often willingly participate in hazing activities to gain admittance into the group or club at whatever cost. Hazing behaviors can often be violent and nonsensical.
The most frequently reported hazing behaviors:
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 offenses.
Unfortunately, some student organizations 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.
It’s important that your administration 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 state-specific hazing laws here.
The SafeColleges Training System includes a Hazing Prevention: Misconceptions and Pitfalls course designed to break the cycle of hazing in Greek Life, athletic teams, and other clubs and organizations on campus. Students learn through peer presenters and powerful testimonials, both from victims and perpetrators, that hazing is not effective. Our Employee Course Library includes a Hazing course 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
The SafeColleges Online Tip Reporting System can be used to prevent and investigate sexual assault, hazing, discrimination, threats of violence and more on your campus. Alert lets students, faculty and staff anonymously report tips to your administration 24/7 from any web-enabled device. Users can submit tips through the phone, text, email and website. A SafeColleges Alert Mobile App will be available soon for students, faculty, and staff