The Constant Threat of Hazing
Hazing is a problem plaguing more than half of the nation’s fraternities and sororities, according to a survey by University of Maine researchers. Join us on November 16th to learn more.
Hazing is a bizarre and sometimes deadly safety problem on campuses nationwide.
Rigorous safeguards are needed to prevent occurrences and to keep a persistent culture of hazing from taking hold at an institution. Like sexual assault, hazing can be a problem particularly troublesome in fraternities and sports teams, as it often flares up in organizations considered to have high status on campus. Moreover, campus professionals combat hazing in ways that are far too lenient for the felony or misdemeanor crimes that can result from increased alcohol levels, sexual assaults or other activities.
When college athletic teams engage in hazing, about a quarter of all coaches is aware of the problem, but often do not step in to stop the practice until parents become aware of the practice and raise the issue. By then, prevention is too late.
Simply stated, hazing is a menace unlikely to evaporate on its own. Once campuses learn of the presence of hazing at one social group or team, chances are a culture of hazing is already present. At this point the hazard must be addressed by campus law officers, administrators and chapter advisers.
This webinar will discuss how to:
- Teach your students how to conduct positive rites of passage.
- Help professionals intervene when hazing is present.
- Understand the seriousness of hazing and the consequences that should follow such acts.
- Know when it is necessary to involve outside law enforcement about a possible criminal hazing incident.
Guest Speaker: Hank Nuwer, Journalism Professor at Franklin College (Indiana)
Hank Nuwer is a nationally renowned speaker and writer for HazingPrevention.Org and is also a published author of five books on the topic of hazing.