What is Hazing?

Hazing comes in many forms and definitions vary, but it is generally agreed that hazing is any action take or situation created intentionally that

  • That causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule
  • Risks emotional and/or physical harm
  • To members of a group or team whether new or not
  • Regardless of a person’s willingness to participate

Legal definitions vary by state and the University has its own definition of hazing. 

Warning Signs of Hazing

Your student may or may not feel comfortable expressing concerns directly to you if being hazed. Here are some key things to look for that might help you identify whether or not your student may be experiencing hazing:

  • Sudden change in behavior or attitude after joining the organization or team
  • Wanting to leave the organization or team with no real explanation
  • Sudden decrease in communication with friends and family
  • Physical or psychological exhaustion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained injuries or illness
  • Change in sleeping or eating habits
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Expressed feeling of sadness or feeling of worthlessness
  • Increase in secrecy and unwillingness to share details

Questions to Ask Your Student Before They Get Involved With a Organization, Group or Team

  • What do you think you want to be involved in at school?
  • Do you know what hazing is?
  • How can you stand up or say no if it occurs?
  • What are resources online and at school you can utilize if you are hazed?
  • Do you know how to report?

Questions to Ask Your Student After They Have Become Involved with a Organization, Group or Team

  • What organizations or teams are you involved in?
  • How much time are you spending on the organization/team/group?
  • What kind of activities are involved in joining this group? Are you comfortable with all of these?
  • Is alcohol involved in any of these activities
  • Have you met the organization/group adviser or coach?