Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Hazing Prevention

UR Anti-Hazing Policy  |  Recognizing Hazing  |   Hazing Myths  |   Why Members Haze  |  New Member Education  |   Promoting Awareness  |   Ways to Stop Hazing  |   Helping Others

Recognizing Hazing

Students sometimes have difficulty understanding hazing, citing the vagueness of the hazing definition. Being able to identify hazing is an important step in eliminating it. Hazing falls into three major categories: subtle hazing, harassment hazing, and violent hazing. Remember that hazing at any level has the capacity to inflict mental and physical harm on its target.

Subtle Hazing

Subtle hazing emphasizes the power differential between new members and existing members. This type of hazing is more mental than physical, thus it is falsely viewed as harmless by members of many groups. Subtle hazing goes against standards of mutual respect and can result in the ridicule, embarrassment, and humiliation of new members.

Common Examples:

Harassment Hazing

Harassment hazing includes behaviors that cause emotional or physical stress. It creates situations that confuse and frustrate new members.

Common Examples:

Violent Hazing

Violent hazing includes activities with the potential to cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm to new members.

Did you know…
82% of hazing deaths involve alcohol!

Common Examples:

Be aware that these lists are not all-inclusive. Many hazing incidents depend on the context of the hazing, not only on the act itself. For instance, conducting an activity late at night in which new members are chastised for failure and there is no opportunity for debriefing creates an atmosphere conducive to hazing. To reduce hazing, organizations should conduct new member activities in an open, safe environment.

More Ways to Identify Hazing

The following are key identifiers that hazing is taking place:

Adapted from the website stophazing.org