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What is College Hazing?

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Question: What is College Hazing?
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College hazing is any requirement or act that makes one person or a group of people feel embarrassed, ashamed, or unsafe -- especially when it's done on purpose.

Hazing in college can be done to one person in particular. It can be done to a group of people. It can be done to folks who want to gain membership in something, whether it be a fraternity or sorority or a club. It can be done to people either on or trying out for a sports team. It can be a one-time event or a recurring event. Either way, it can be very damaging, against school policy, and illegal.

While hazing may be a tradition among some organizations and groups of people, having a history of hazing is no reason to maintain it. There is no justifiable reason for hazing -- at all, ever. Hazing is dangerous physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially.

If you are part of a group or organization that wants to haze, don't participate. Besides being cruel, unwarranted, disrespectful, and embarrassing to yourself, college hazing can get you into a lot of trouble. If you are or think you will be the victim of hazing, know that you are protected against such unnecessary actions. In either case, please speak to someone on your campus about the hazing you've seen taking place. Nearly every college is intolerant of hazing and will support you. After all, you went to college to learn and challenge yourself in healthy, positive ways. And hazing has no part in that kind of collegiate environment, tradition or not.

Additional Hazing Resources (from HazingPrevention.org)

  1. About.com
  2. People & Relationships
  3. College Life
  4. Co-Curricular Life
  5. Hazing in College -- College Hazing

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