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What is Hazing?

Hazing comes in many forms and definitions vary, but it is generally agreed that hazing is any action take or situation created intentionally that:

  • That causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule
  • Risks emotional and/or physical harm
  • To members of a group or team whether new or not
  • Regardless of a person’s willingness to participate

Legal definitions vary by state and the University has its own definition of hazing. 

Consider the following:

  • Are all activities related to membership explicitly tied to organizational and institutional values? 
  • Are your membership activities accomplishing this?
  • Are your traditions in alignment with these values?

How to Prevent Hazing?

  • Talk to the organization’s:
    -leader to let him/her know of your concern
    -new member educator/guide and share your concern
    -advisor and share your concern
  • Ensure that:
    • -All leaders and advisers are present for events
    • -All members (new and active) participate in events
    • -There is not alcohol present at membership related events
  • Account for mitigation of risk in the following categories:
    • -physical
    • -emotional
    • -facilities
    • -financial
    • -reputations
  • Be able to share the content of your event with parents, advisers, university officials, and alumni

How to Step In

  • Look for best exit strategies for those involved
  • Report it
  • Get other bystanders to help you
  • Understand boundaries and limits – don’t be a hero.
  • *You don’t have to be the only one to step in nor do you have to confront them at the time of the issue
    • -Activities can escalate quickly
    • -Life threatening danger:  Call Public Safety (937-229-2121)

Additional Resources


6 Tragedies That Spurred Harsher Anti-Hazing Laws
Most recent is Tim’s Law, signed in October, which was inspired by the tragic hazing death of Penn State pledge Timothy Piazza.

The Chronicle of Higher Education—To Combat Hazing, Work With Small Groups
This letter to the editor, written by President Emeritus Robert Iosue of York College of Pennsylvania, encourages schools to tackle the problem of hazing at the smallest possible level.

This national organization is dedicated to hazing prevention in college and university student groups. Visit their website for hazing facts, special programming information, and to stay informed by signing up for their free e-newsletter.

Inside Hazing—Understanding Hazardous Hazing
Dr. Susan Lipkins, a psychologist and leading expert in the field of hazing, provides a wealth of information on the topic, including statistics, proposed legislation, national headlines, and recommended reading.

National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention
Believing that data-driven prevention is essential to eradicating hazing, this organization conducts research and campus climate assessments to promote healthy student development and positive campus climates. For information on their national agenda to prevent hazing as well as key reports, including findings from the most comprehensive study of hazing to date, visit their website.
This website was created to help educate thousands of students, parents, and educators on the topic of hazing. Recommended reading materials as well as suggested avenues for personal involvement are just a few of the resources that can be found here.


Anti-Hazing iPhone App
Developed with assistance from an advisory committee of hazing experts, this free application provides an easy way to learn about this dangerous practice and report it as it happens.


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