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Hazing Education Initiative

Student Organizations

Many times hazing is portrayed as primarily a fraternity and sorority or athletics issue. However, hazing by definition, and according to research also occurs in other student organizations at alarming rates. These groups include performing arts groups, honor societies, professional organizations, religious clubs, marching bands, professional clubs, multicultural organizations, and other types of student organizations but recognized by the university and unaffiliated. Any group that brings in new members has the opportunity to do so in an unhealthy manner. Be sure your organization understands what hazing is and how to bring new members into your organization effectively.

CEO LEAD Program

Hazing Education Module for Student Leaders (Coming Soon)
Hazing Quiz (coming soon)
100 Alternatives to Hazing (DOC)
Hazing Education Video (coming soon)
Pre-Quiz (coming soon)
Post-Quiz (coming soon) 

Student Organization Hazing Statement

Be sure your organization takes a strong stance on hazing by including a Hazing Statement in your organization constitution.

The following statement (or other provided by a nationally affiliated organization and approved by the Office of Campus Activities) is to be included in the guiding documents of all student organization constitutions:

Hazing Statement

Membership in ORGANIZATION should be a valuable and beneficial experience for all students. The leadership of ORGANIZATION shall provide its new members with an orientation that is positive, informative and consistent with federal, state, and local laws, and the policies and procedures of Drexel University. Activities which detract from the goal of fostering the personal and intellectual development have no place on our organization. Specifically, hazing will not be tolerated by any member of ORGANIZATION. It is the responsibility of the organization and its leadership to report hazing by individual members to the proper authority.

Definition of hazing

Regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate, hazing is any action taken or situation created involving new or returning organization/group members as a part of joining, maintaining membership or holding office in that organization that meets any or all of the following:

  • Violates state or federal law
  • Humiliates or degrades and individual or group
  • Intentionally or unintentionally endangers an individual – mentally, physically or emotionally

Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that is in opposition to state or local law or the Drexel student code of conduct. Please refer to the Pennsylvania State Hazing Policy ([P.S.] § 5352) and the Drexel Student Code of Conduct for more details.

Varsity Athletics

Although hazing has often been thought to exist primarily in fraternities and sororities, a 1999 study by Alfred University and the NCAA found that approximately 80% of college athletes had been subjected to some form of hazing. Hazing has also been reported at high levels in high school athletics and is publicly applauded by the media in professional sports.

Message from the NCAA: Creating a safe environment for student-athletes Hazing prevention in college athletics requires a collaborative approach among administrators, coaches and student-athletes from every team. Written policy, ongoing education, and the practice of positive team building are essential elements to create a positive athletics environment that helps create strong bonds and build team cohesiveness, without the use of hazing rituals.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and its members identify the following principles as the means to creating a safe environment for student-athletes:

  • Principle of Institutional Control and Responsibility It is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletic program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association.
  • Principle of Student-Athlete Well-Being It is the responsibility of each member institution to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each of its participating student-athletes.
  • Principle of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct In order to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility.
NCAA Hazing Education Resources
NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook
Hazing Prevention in Athletics Quick Sheet
Other NCAA Hazing Resources
Sign the petition to eliminate hazing from professional sports

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternities and sororities are at the center of the discussion of hazing-related topics across the country, yet more education is needed, as research shows that over 2/3 of fraternity and sorority members experience hazing in their organizations. For more information on the requirements and education for fraternity and sorority members regarding hazing, please visit Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Fraternity & Sorority New Member Education requirements:

  • Each chapter must submit a detailed new member education plan each year
  • All members and new members must sign anti-hazing forms
  • Chapter must host or attend at least one hazing education program each year
  • Each national organization has additional requirements for their chapters and members

Club and Recreational Sports

Just as hazing is an issue for varsity athletics, it can be just as rampant in club and intramural sports. With less oversight from national governing bodies such as the NCAA and intramurals and some club sports not having professional coaches, more responsibility rests on the members of the team to transition their rookie players. This increases the likelihood for unhealthy transitions and potentially hazing.

Healthy Teambuilding Resources - Coming Soon
Drexel Recreational Athletics

First-Year Students

Data shows that almost 50% of college students come to campus having experienced hazing. Coming to a new environment, first-year student coming to campus are excited to get involved and join clubs, organizations, athletic teams and Greek life. Because of this, they are the most at risk for being a part of an unhealthy organization orientation, ritual, or new member process. Educating new students about the dangers of hazing and providing them information about how to stand up against it if they experience it or how to report it if they see others in that situation is important to creating a welcoming and safe environment for freshmen.

How to know if you are being hazed (coming soon)

What to do if you are being hazed

  1. Leave any situation in which you see a threat of danger immediately and call Public Safety 
  2. Contact one of the following offices to speak with someone. All reports will be confidential.

What to do if a friend is being hazed

Talk to your friend and encourage them to reach out to one of the following:

If you feel there is an immediate threat of danger to your friend, call Public Safety immediately.

Faculty & Staff

University faculty and staff, including paraprofessional student staff, come in contact with students every day in all areas of their lives. Because of this, they are the front line in early detention of hazing and keeping our students safe. Relationships between faculty/staff and students create a perfect opportunity for identifying unhealthy behavior and intervening to promote healthy student engagement.

Warning Signs

Some warning signs to look for a your student if he/she is joining a student organization, fraternity, sorority or sport team include: 

  • Sudden change in the student's communication style, including frequency, length and general tone, surrounding the time the student is joining the group
  • Sudden change in willingness to share the activities he/she is involved in with the organization, increased secrecy
  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns, anxiety or anger level
  • Sudden changes in academic performance
  • Sudden change in student class/work attendance
  • New physical ailments – exhaustion, broken bones, sprains, cuts, burns, or stomach or headaches and reasoning of how the injuries happened don’t quite seem to make sense
  • Discussion of wanting to leave the organization/team but being scared

What to do if you think a student is being hazed

Reach out to one of the following offices with your concerns:

What to do if a student tells you he/she is being hazed

Report the information the student has shared to one of the following:

Curriculum Infusion

Hazing education and prevention topics can be incorporated into so many academic disciplines. Utilizing some of these ideas to incorporate the topic into your classes will keep discussion going about the dangers of hazing and encourage students to hold each other accountable. (Guide coming soon)

ZTA Award for Innovation in Hazing Prevention & Education

Zeta Tau Alpha Innovation in Hazing Prevention & Education Award Check Presentation

HazingPrevention.Org established the Zeta Tau Alpha Award for Innovation in Campus Hazing Prevention and Education with a generous gift from Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for Women and Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Inc. The award seeks to:

  • Motivate higher education stakeholders to counter hazing on their campuses;
  • Recognize and reward the good work of campuses that are using true prevention practices effectively;
  • Encourage campuses to initiate comprehensive efforts to combat hazing;
  • Promote the most effective practices based on the criteria set forth;
  • Provide campus-based personnel with leverage to create campus buy-in for such efforts.

This prestigious national award recognizes one outstanding college or university campus hazing prevention and education program each year whose efforts are:

  • Created through collaboration across the institution;
  • Holistic in nature, focused on a wide range of audiences both within and external to the campus;
  • Supported by senior-level administration with a plan for institutionalization and on-going commitment;
  • Grounded in research and proven prevention practices, and assessed for future evolution and improvement;
  • Included in short and long-term planning initiatives for wellness and community safety;
  • Strategic about how the prize money will be used to further these efforts.

Drexel University has applied for the ZTA Award in both 2009 & 2010. In 2010, we received second place and were awarded 6 registrations for the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention, an interdisciplinary institute focused on the prevention of hazing. In 2011, Drexel was awarded the top prize of $10,000 to support future hazing prevention initiatives.

For more information on the award, visit the HazingPrevention.org