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What Can You Do?

Maybe your chapter is confused about or even afraid of how to change “traditional” hazing practices.

 

Detecting Hazing

 

Signs & Symptoms of Hazing

Actions and activities which are explicitly prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Any activity that might reasonably bring physical harm to the individual.
  2. Paddling, beating or otherwise permitting members to hit pledges.
  3. Requiring pledges to wear degrading or uncomfortable garments.
  4. Depriving pledges of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (8 consecutive hours per day minimum) and decent edible meals.
  5. Activities that interfere in any way with individuals’ academic efforts (i.e. causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time).
  6. Activities that interfere with an individual’s employment or family obligation.
  7. Requiring or encouraging pledges to consume amounts of alcohol or other drugs.
  8. Forcing, coercing, or permitting students to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances such as raw meat, raw eggs, salt water, onions, etc.
  9. Having substances such as eggs, mud, paint, honey, etc. thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to bodies of pledges.
  10. Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activity that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
  11. Kidnaps, road trips (a mandatory/forced off-campus trip as part of a pledging activity). Note: Kidnaps performed by actives or pledges are banned.
  12. Subjecting an individual to cruel and unusual psychological conditions for any reason.
  13. Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g. public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct, or sexual gestures in public.
*There ARE ways to change from a hazing to a non-hazing chapter, and this can be achieved with the assistance of many resources available to you including Inter/National Headquarters Staff, Alumni Volunteers and University Advisors.

Alternative Activities

  • Ropes course and team building activities
  • Organizational retreats
  • Community service with all members
  • Mentoring with alumni and new members
  • Faculty meetings and events
  • Educational workshops and focus groups

Providing alternative programming is a first step in the right direction but not the whole solution to rid your chapter of hazing.  To effectively deal with hazing, you need to:

  • Increase the awareness of ALL members
  • Educate ALL members
  • Detect violations by your members
  • Take corrective action
  

 


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