The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention, located on the University of Maine campus, promotes safe school, campus, and organizational climates through research, information sharing, program development, and dissemination of evidence-based hazing prevention and intervention strategies.
Activities of The Collaborative
Research and campus climate assessments related to hazing are the centerpiece of The Collaborative. Our efforts include: building a databank related to hazing, sponsoring conferences and think-tanks, disseminating information, and providing training and consultation for campuses and education, health, legal, and military professionals.
While policies and education to inform students about the dangers of hazing have been in place for several decades now, the continued presence of hazing on college campuses threatens the health and safety of many students and prompts questions about the viability of current approaches to hazing prevention. In the national study of student hazing we learned that leaders and staff/practitioners in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are struggling to more effectively intervene and prevent harmful hazing on their campuses. Our research indicates that as many as 1 of every 2 students who are involved in a campus club, organization, or team have experienced behaviors that meet the definition of hazing. Moreover, these behaviors are often illegal and place students in danger of harm and/or result in emotional and physical harm.
At present, the lack of awareness and understanding about hazing and its causes is pervasive and is a major impediment to the development of effective intervention and prevention strategies. The national study provides the baseline data needed to track trends related to hazing nationally across different kinds of student groups and within diverse types of higher educational institutions.
Goals and Objectives
The mission of The Collaborative guides its key goal of promoting healthy student development and positive campus climates through research, information sharing, and the development and dissemination of evidence-based hazing prevention and intervention strategies.
The work of The Collaborative builds on the current study that examines the nature and extent of hazing among students in the U.S. To date, 53 colleges and universities and more than 11,000 individuals have participated in the study that includes survey data, 18 campus visits and 300 interviews. In both breadth and depth, the national study is the most extensive examination of hazing undertaken to date. On-going assessment/evaluation of prevention efforts is crucial to transforming hazing cultures and helping campuses cultivate more positive campus climates.
Menu of Services
The Collaborative offers a range of services to help campuses assess their potential hazing culture. Click Here to see what we can do for you.
The staff of the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention includes experienced researchers, scholars, and practitioners. Click here to learn more about the talented team.