Hazing is victimization- an act of power and control over others. Hazing is premeditated and NOT accidental. It is abusive, degrading, often life threatening, and it is a fundamental violation of human dignity.
Hazing can be defined as any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; which may demean, degrade or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent or consent of participants. Hazing can also be defined as any action or situation, which intentionally endangers a student seeking admission into or affiliation with any student organization.
Who Hazes and Why?
It’s a myth that hazing is primarily a problem for fraternities and sororities. Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been documented in athletic teams, the military, religious organizations, as well as marching bands, professional schools, and other types of clubs and organizations.
Organization members who haze are insecure men and women who think they can gain respect by threatening others. These members derive their self-worth and self-image by exerting their power and suppressing others. Hazers are never the true leaders of the organization. In fact, hazers will eventually cause the downfall of your organization.
Organizations who simply do nothing about the members who haze, assume responsibility for perpetuating a “hazing culture”.