What is hazing?
Hazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
The majority of student organizations and teams provide amazing, positive experiences for their members. However, some organizations engage in negative behaviors known as hazing – acts of humiliation or demeaning tasks meant to ‘prove’ an individual’s commitment and worthiness to joining a group.
Hazing occurs in sports teams, clubs, Greek life, cheerleading, honor societies and more.
Hazing is often about power and control. Hazing does not build unity.
These are some examples of what your school or organization might consider hazing:
● Activities meant to ‘earn’ a place within an organization or team that seem inconsistent with someone’s character or values
● Activities that are embarrassing or mentally/physically abusive
● Forces or coerced abuse of alcohol
● Personal servitude or meaningless tasks