Allan writes op-ed about hazing prevention for MSNBC

Elizabeth Allan, professor of higher education at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, wrote an opinion piece for MSNBC about sexual assault and hazing in light of recent allegations of both behaviors in the Northwestern University football and other athletics programs. “Statistics reveal how widespread hazing is and that any particular occurrence is not an aberration but part of a systemic problem. Specific headlines about hazing help illuminate its consequences,” Allan says. She also discusses a research-informed hazing prevention framework that she developed with help from colleagues across the country to provide a roadmap for change. “Hazing prevention is not only about eliminating harm and senseless suffering, but it’s also about gaining something. In the absence of hazing, we can build stronger and healthier groups, more ethical and caring leaders, and more inclusive communities that support student mental health and well-being. The alarming reports of hazing at Northwestern are a clarion call for prevention and, with that, an opportunity for each of us to transform the hazing culture and create safer schools and campuses for our students,” Allan wrote. The Highland County Press cited the MSNBC piece.