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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 (, 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 (, 2005).
Some examples:

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 (, 2005).
Some examples:

Violent Hazing: Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional, or psychological harm (, 2005).
Some examples:

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