Hazing Prevention - Definitions
What is hazing?: refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate (stophazing.org, 2005).
Subtle hazing: Behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between new members and established members of a group or team. These types of hazing are often taken-for-granted or accepted as harmless or meaningless. This type of hazing involves activities or attitudes that place new members on the receiving end of ridicule, embarrassment, or humiliation (stophazing.org, 2005).
- Assigning demerits
- Socially isolating new members
- Expecting certain items to always be in one’s possession
Harassment Hazing: Behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like part of the group. Harassment hazing confuses, frustrates and causes undue stress on new members (stophazing.org, 2005).
- Verbal abuse
- Expecting new members to perform personal services to other members
- Sleep deprivation
- Expecting new members to be deprived of maintaining a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness
Violent Hazing: Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional, or psychological harm (stophazing.org, 2005).
- Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption
- Beating, paddling, or other forms of assault
- Public nudity