Hazing Prevention

Things to Remember

  1. Hazing is about power, authority, and control
  2. Hazing has both a physical and psychological element
  3. Hazing is multifaceted 
  4. Individuals being hazed feel that it is a commitment they need to uphold
    • Students will vary along a continuum of acceptance of hazing in general
    • Students will also vary along a continuum of acceptable and unacceptable hazing
  5.  Hazing seeks to control an individuals outlook and presents mixed messages
    • Use symbols, situations and language as a way to construct an image in the minds of members
    • Reconstruct member identities through uniforms, signs, hats, kits, shared activity.
    • Use language to shape the experience of members – i.e. Talk about “pride” in accomplishment while forcing members to do calisthenics.  Talk about “unity” 
  6. Hazing differs between groups
    • Athletes, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Organizations, Recreational clubs
    • Men, Women, Coed
    • Predominantly White Groups, Multicultural Groups
  7. Hazing is a culture
    • Unfortunately at this time it is condoned by majority culture – both on campus and at large
    • When combating a culture – change is best accomplished incrementally
    • It involves powerful symbols and assigned worth
  8. Hazing involving alcohol
    • Has a different meaning for men especially – It allows a closeness with other men while preserving perceived masculinity.
    • Some individuals will say alcohol has come to represent a leveling of the playing field between men and women
    • Dependent on the availability of alcohol
    • Usually used and seen as a way to bond people on a college campus as a social lubricant
    • May be given as a treat for good behavior
  9. Students who haze often do not take into account the “baggage” that a new member brings with them into the organization. For Example:
    • Previous sexual assault or abuse
    • Psychological disorders
    • Alcoholism
    • Weak self esteem
    • May trigger reactions from their members

Find out more information on hazing and the law by viewing the Hazing Checklist.


To report hazing, complete a Hazing Incident Report Form, and return it to HB 6196 or Collis 217.

Allegations of hazing, including anonymous allegations, may also be reported 24 hours a day to the Hanover Police by calling 911, or to Safety and Security by calling 646-4000 or sending an email to [email protected].