Hazing—the act of being humiliated, degraded, abused, or endangered via alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep deprivation, and sex acts when joining or participating in a group regardless of a student’s willingness to participate—is commonplace in American schools. In fact, nearly half (47%) of students in the United States experience hazing before entering college, and three in five college students experience some form of hazing during their higher education experience 1. These troubling activities can be curbed with appropriate interventions. An increasing body of knowledge is leading the way towards successful strategies to address hazing.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, hosted a webinar on December 17, 2015 from 2:00- 3:30 pm (EST) and discussed the latest research on hazing and described implications for campus personnel. The event featured a video introduction from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and also offered practical strategies, tools and resources to prevent hazing incidents. The information provided aimed to support campus efforts to create a more productive and supportive learning environment.
1 StopHazing website. Retrieved November 18, 2015 from: http://www.stophazing.org
Subject matter experts for the event included Dr. Elizabeth Allan (Professor of Higher Education, University of Maine, Orono, ME and President, StopHazing), Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. (President, Harbor Institute, Washington, DC), Lauri Sidelko (Director, Student Wellness Resource Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME) and Diana Haney (Recent Graduate, University of Maine, Orono, ME).
As a result of this webinar participants were be able to:
- Define hazing,
- Identify three key components of hazing,
- Consider how hazing falls within a spectrum of interpersonal violence,
- Describe salient research findings about the nature and extent of hazing and the underlying motivations for hazing,
- Articulate challenges and opportunities related to hazing prevention,
- Depict examples of current hazing prevention initiatives, and
- Describe how educators and community members can play a role in hazing prevention.
This webinar was appropriate for all those interested in building strategies to prevent hazing and addressing incidents of hazing. The research highlighted was drawn from higher education settings and is most applicable to those working in that field. The information gained from this webinar will also be useful to those working with students at the middle and high school levels.
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