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Hazing Education

Alternatives and information about anti-hazing can be found at http://www.stophazing.org.

Hazing Prevention Week - September 23-27, 2013

Monday

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - CUB tabling

Tuesday

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - CUB tabling
  • 3 to 4 p.m. - Stacey Ann Chin Workshop (CUB room 204)
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Stacey Ann Chin Spoken Word (Stetson Room) (eligible for cultural credit)

Wednesday

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - CUB tabling
  • 5 to 6 p.m. - Bystander Program (LBC room 108, Rinker Auditorium), followed by breakout sessions in LBC classrooms.

Thursday

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - CUB tabling
  • 6 to 8 p.m. - Hazing Tunnel (Stetson Room)

Friday

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - CUB tabling
  • 2 p.m. - Safe Zone Ally Training. RSVP via email to safezone@stetson.edu. Don't wait! Seats are limited.

Statement on Hazing

Because Stetson University values the equality of all people, recognizing its responsibility to protect human dignity and promote positive personal growth, hazing is strictly prohibited by any member of the university community. Stetson defines hazing as an act that threatens the mental, physical, academic health or safety of a student through actions or situations that endanger, embarrass, harass, demean or ridicule any person regardless of locations, intent or consent of participants.

For further clarification on this statement and policy, please consult the Code of Community Standards.

Confidential Reporting

Stetson University encourages all faculty, staff and students to report all criminal incidents, threats, serious injuries, property loss, accidents, safety hazards, etc. to Public Safety. To report a crime or emergency, call Public Safety at 386-822-7300. Trained dispatchers and officers are available 24 hours a day to respond to emergency calls. In the event of an immediate threat, danger, injury or crime in progress, dial 911 for assistance from DeLand police, fire or emergency medical personnel.

Consequences of Hazing

The media is full of stories reporting one of the worst possible consequences of hazing: death. While death is a horrendous possible outcome, there are far more examples of less severe but still life-altering consequences. One study has shown that 71 percent of those who are hazed suffer from negative consequences. These consequences may include:

  • Physical, emotional and/or mental instability
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Loss of sense of control and empowerment
  • Decline in grades and coursework
  • Relationships with friends, significant others and family suffer
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome
  • Loss of respect for and interest in being part of the organization
  • Erosion of trust within the group members
  • Illness or hospitalization with additional effects on family and friends

Those who are leading or participating in hazing may unintentionally trigger the memory of a traumatic event in the victim's past that could result in devastating consequences.

Someone who has been hazed is more likely to haze others in the future.

Adapted from http://www.umich.edu/~nohazing/consequence.html.

Alternatives to Hazing

Some organizations find it challenging to create activities and practices not centralized around hazing. Here is a list of alternative activities that you could easily implement within any organization that aligns with its central values:

  • Foster unity: Have the members of your group/organization work together on a community service project. Visit a ropes course to work on group cohesiveness, communication and leadership skills. In fraternities and sororities with chapter houses, the group might work together on a chapter room improvement project. Another option for fostering unity without hazing is for the members to work together to plan a social or athletic event with another group.
  • Develop problem-solving abilities: Have pledges discuss chapter weaknesses such as poor rush, apathy and poor scholarship, and plan solutions that the active chapter might then adopt.
  • Develop leadership skills: Encourage participation in school/campus activities outside of the organization. Encourage new members to get involved in organizational committees and/or leadership roles. Develop a peer mentor program within your group for leadership roles. Invite school/community/business leaders into the organization to share their experiences.
  • Instill a sense of membership: Plan special events when the entire chapter gets together to attend a movie, play, or church service. Plan a "membership circle" when actives and pledges participate in a candlelight service in which each person has a chance to express what membership means to them.
  • Promote scholarship: Take advantage of your school/college/university academic and tutoring services. Designate study hours for members of your organization. Invite college/university or community experts to discuss test-taking skills, study methods, time management etc.
  • Build awareness of chapter history: Invite an older member to talk about the chapter's early days, its founding, special chapter traditions and prominent former members.
  • Knowledge of the Greek system: Invite leaders of IFC, Panhellenic, PanHellenic and/or advisers to speak on Greek governance including their goals and expectations of the Greek system.
  • Aid career goals: Use college resources for seminars on resume writing, job interview skills; various careers.
  • Involve pledges in the community: Get involved with campus and community service projects. Plan fund-raisers for local charitable organizations.
  • Improve relations with other Greeks: Encourage new members to plan social or service projects with other pledge classes; work together to plan joint social or service activities.

More alternatives and information about anti-hazing can be found at http://www.stophazing.org/.

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