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Hazing. Hazing is…. Any activity expected of someone joining a group which humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional/physical harm. Three Main Types of Hazing. Subtle Harassment Violent. Subtle Hazing.

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Hazing is…

  • Any activity expected of someone joining a group which humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional/physical harm


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Three Main Types of Hazing

  • Subtle

  • Harassment

  • Violent


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Subtle Hazing

  • Any activity or attitude directed towards a pledge which embarrasses, humiliates, or ridicules.

    • Examples

      • Silence Periods

      • Demerits

      • Scavenger hunts for meaningless objects

      • Requiring pledges to carry handbooks or paddles everywhere to get signatures

      • Calling pledge “pledgie” or other demeaning name

      • Requiring pledges to do power point presentations on the meaningless topic such as Hazing.


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Harassment Hazing

  • Any activity which confuses, frustrates, or causes the probationary member undue stress through mental anguish and physical discomfort.

    • Examples

      • Requiring ridiculous costumes or activities

      • Requiring probationary members to perform personal services

      • Verbal abuse

      • Any form of questioning under pressure or in an uncomfortable position

      • Etc.


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Violent Hazing

  • Anything which causes physical or emotional harm

    • Example

      • Forced alcohol consumption

      • Forced consumption of vile substances

      • Sexual violation

      • Assault

      • Burning

      • Forcing probationary members into life-threatening situations

      • Etc.


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Hazing Laws

Across America


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Virginia

  • Hazing is unlawful

  • Automatically a Class 1 Misdemeanor, unless injury constitutes felony

  • Any victim has the right to civilly sue the person or persons guilty thereof, no exceptions.

  • Upon proof of guilt, the hazer or hazing party shall be immediately expelled from their respective academic institutions and organization charters shall be revoked.


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Massachusetts

  • Persons found at guilt of hazing will receive a fine not to exceed $1000, or a term not to exceed one year in a correctional facility (or both).

  • When a collegiate organization is found guilty of hazing, the college or university can no longer recognize said organization for any reason.


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Texas

  • Any hazer, or person who fails to report said hazer will receive a fine between $500-$1000, and a jail sentence between 90 and 180 days.

  • Any other hazing offense which culminates in the death of another is punishable by a fine between $5000-$10000 and a jail sentence not to exceed 2 years.


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States without Hazing Laws

  • Alaska

  • Hawaii

  • Michigan

  • Montana

  • New Mexico

  • South Dakota

  • Wyoming


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Alternatives

Because Hazing Sucks


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Foster Unity

  • Work together on a community service project

  • Work together to improve chapter room

  • Work together to plan a social or sporting event


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Instill a sense of membership

  • Plan events for the whole chapter to meet for a specific event

    • Concert

    • Movie

    • Meals

    • Study Session

    • Church service…


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Promote the Future

  • Take advantage of University tutoring services

  • Designate study hours

  • Invite speakers on test taking, study habits, etc.

  • Use college resources for seminars on writing resumes, time management, etc.


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IN CONCLUSION

Hazing is unnecessary, unhealthy, and destructive to any persons or organizations who practice hazing rituals.


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Sources

  • www.stophazing.org

  • www.units.muohio.edu/


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