University of Virginia Police Department. Hazing. Hazing Defined. Hazing is a broad term that encompasses an 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;
Hazing is a broad term that encompasses an action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person;
Myth #1: Hazing is primarily a problem for fraternities and sororities.
Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.
Myth #2: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and NOT accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and often life-threatening.
Myth #3: As long as there's no malicious intent, a little hazing should be O.K.
Fact: Even if there's no malicious "intent" safety may still be a factor in traditional hazing activities that are considered to be "all in good fun." For example, serious accidents have occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping trips. Besides, what purpose do such activities serve in promoting the growth and development of group team members?
Myth #4: Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline.
Fact: First of all, respect must be EARNED--not taught. Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them. Just like other forms of victimization, hazing breeds mistrust, apathy and alienation
Myth #5: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing.
Fact:In states that have laws against hazing consent of the victim can't be used as a defense in a civil suit. This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action it may not be true consent when considering the peer pressure and desire to belong to the group.
Myth #6: It's difficult to determine whether or not a certain activity is hazing--it's such a gray area sometimes.
Fact: It's not difficult to decide if an activity is hazing if you use common sense.
1) Is alcohol involved?
2) Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they're being asked to do?
3) Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
4) Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
5) Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official?
6) Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
It's not difficult to decide if an activity is hazing if you use common sense and ask yourself the following questions:
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing.
Hazing is "any action taken or situation created, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule."
Brothers must not haze new members, and similarly, new members must not haze brothers!! Hazing is not the way to express to another that you will, one day, call him or her a "brother." If you allow hazing to occur you are a “hazing enabler” and no different from the person doing the hazing.
Don't Fool Yourself
Fitting in is a big deal, a popular way to fit in, meet lots of new people and
to become involved with your school is to join a fraternal organization.
But how far would you go to become part of a fraternity?
Would you put up with paddling or striking, marking or branding?
What if involvement included restricting of your class attendance or your sleep?
What if they forced you to eat or drink or to perform calisthenics such as sit-ups, push-ups or running?
How would you handle physical harassment such as pushing, cursing or shouting?
How about sexual harassment?
What about being berated in front of a large group?
Or being asked silly or misleading questions just to be made fun of?
Or being asked to participate in a food fight?
Or binge drinking until you puke because you are attending a pledge event.
Or not knowing when initiation is.IN CONCLUSION
http://www.stophazing.org/index.html an extensive site covering many aspects of hazing including fraternity, sorority, athletic, high school and military hazing.
http://hazing.hanknuwer.com/ Hank Nuwer is an Indiana-based author whose specialty is hazing.
http://www.insidehazing.com/ to provide methods of prevention and intervention in hazing; to explain the psychology of hazing in high school, college, the military, and the workplace. Educational information is included for use in anti-hazing initiatives among fraternities, sororities, teams, and other groups.