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What is hazing?

Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

There are three components that define hazing:

  1. It occurs in a group context
  2. Humiliating, degrading, or endangering behavior
  3. Happens regardless of an individual’s willingness to participate

Definition via: StopHazing Research Lab. (2020, December). Hazing: The Issue, StopHazing Consulting. https://www.stophazing.org/issue

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Clery Center’s Hazing Prevention & Education Resources

Created in partnership with StopHazing

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Updated in 2022!

“We Don’t Haze” documentary film & supplemental resources

In this short film, families and victims of hazing testify to the true impact these so-called “traditions” have on campus communities. We take a deeper look at the causes and consequences of hazing and speak to leaders who have pledged to help end these practices.

We Don’t Haze helps identify hazing behaviors, and offers organization leaders alternative traditions that promote a safer, more positive team-building experience.

Updated in 2022, the We Don’t Haze Companion Guide provides you with the tools to educate yourself and your community about campus hazing and facilitate programming for students, staff, and faculty using We Don’t Haze.

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Campus Commitment to Hazing Prevention: Action Guide

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In 2018, StopHazing and Clery Center released the Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals, which outlines the data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework© (HPF). 

The Campus Commitment to Hazing Prevention: Action Guide provides practical resources focused on one of the HPF components — commitment. Use the Action Guide to engage campus leaders and the broader campus community in eliminating campus hazing culture and transforming group environments to support healthy belonging and well-being for all students.

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Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals®

Hazing Prevention Toolkit coverCampus hazing can have far-reaching negative consequences for individual students, their families, student organizations, groups, and teams, and the broader campus community. Because hazing is a complex issue that reflects campus culture, there is no “one size fits all” solution. The purpose of this Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals is to describe components of a data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework (HPF)© based on key principles of prevention science and findings from a research-to-practice project, the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC) led by StopHazing™.

While effective responses to hazing are vital, this document emphasizes activities that prevent hazing before it begins. Designed with college and university senior leaders in mind—including Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and other executive and administrative leaders in academic and student affairs—this Toolkit includes action steps to help guide campus professionals in campus-wide, comprehensive hazing prevention.


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Federal Anti-hazing Legislation: The REACH Act

The purpose of the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing Act (REACH) is to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to disclose hazing incidents.

What does REACH do?

  • Defines “hazing” – including the three key components of the definition
  • Calls for the inclusion of hazing incidents in Annual Security Reports (ASRs) under the Clery Act
  • Mandates educational and comprehensive research-based programming on hazing 

Learn more about the REACH Act on StopHazing’s website:


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REACH Act News

 

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