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Consortium Project

Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures:

Building an Evidence Base

Openings for Fall 2013 Cohort

Overview – We are seeking a select group of colleges and universities to participate in a three-year research initiative to develop evidence based hazing prevention strategies.  Qualified institutions will have demonstrated a commitment to eliminate hazing and be positioned to launch a comprehensive approach to prevention.  As a participating institution, you will join a collaborative and path-breaking effort to build research based hazing prevention strategies. 

Goal – transform hazing cultures by developing an evidence base for effective hazing prevention.

Approach – effective prevention considers campus culture, history, and tradition.  Given this, we do not advocate a one-size-fits all approach to prevention. Rather, we have developed a common core of promising strategies that can be tailored to particular campus contexts.  Our approach is guided by a theory-to-practice philosophy that builds on insights gained from research, our experience as practitioners, and our work with professionals in the field.  We value a comprehensive approach that is collaborative, strategic, sustainable, involves multiple stakeholders, and proceeds from a careful analysis of the problem of hazing within a specific institutional context. 

 Snapshot of Project Design


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Semester 1

Consultants work with campus to gather information about current hazing prevention efforts. Coaching provided for coalition building, problem analysis, goal setting, and strategy development.


Consultants work with staff to design baseline assessments.



Consultants use survey, interview, and document analysis to assess campus culture related to hazing. Consultants support staff planning and analysis, participate in related discussions, and provide data report to inform development of prevention strategies.


Consultants provide guidance for design and implementation of prevention strategies. Consultants make campus visits to assist with implementation and tailoring prevention strategies to campus culture.



Ongoing coaching and guidance with a focus on sustainability of hazing prevention. Site visit to reassess campus culture and prevention initiatives.


Semester 2

Consultants assist staff with identifying high-risk areas for intervention and protective factors for prevention. 

Work with campus staff to plan for post-assessments.

A third round of data will be collected and analyzed.


Monthly distance meetings with the consultants and the lead representative from all participating institutions.  On-line private collaboration platform to share challenges, opportunities, and resources between member institutions. Other initiatives to foster cross-institution learning and development.


Why participate in the Hazing Prevention Consortium? 


Contact Us

If you would like to learn more or be considered as an institutional participant for the Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures Project, please contact us by email:


Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D.                                                                     Mary Madden, Ph.D.                                               


Contact Information

Hazing Research and Prevention
118 Merrill Hall, The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2414E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System