Ways to Stop Hazing
Even a single member has the opportunity to create an atmosphere that eliminates hazing. Here are some strategies to consider when trying to enact change within an organization.
Reduce the Power Differential between Members and Initiates
Members of fraternities and sororities do not have an innate desire to haze, but they are often placed in situations where they can exert power over new members. By creating an atmosphere where new members can discuss their experiences with existing members without punishment, members will find fewer opportunities to haze.
Give Members Time to Reflect on Their Actions
Members in a high-pressure hazing situation are more likely to think irrationally and act in demeaning ways. Planning pledging activities in advance and allowing members to understand and discuss their role in the proceedings reduces the possibility of making poor, hasty decisions.
Encourage Members to Voice Concern with the New Member Education Program
Those who oppose hazing are less likely to speak out if they feel they are alone in their opinion. Even a single member who speaks out against hazing can encourage others to do the same.
Be Willing to Amend Traditions
The same education methods may not work for every new member class. Organizations should consider multiple solutions to solving problems and use campus and organizational resources to enhance their creativity. Consider the activities you create as part of a new tradition for future members.
Develop a Chapter Anti-Hazing Policy
In additional to University of Rochester and your national organizational regulations, create and distribute an anti-hazing policy for your chapter. Provide an outline of non-acceptable activities and behaviors, and create internal sanctions for members who violate the policy.
Share Ideas with Other Organizations
Talk with members of other organizations to discuss hazing-related incidents and strategies to reduce hazing. Connect with other chapters of your organization to see how they educate new members in accordance with national policy.
Take Advantage of Campus Resources
The University of Rochester provides resources to foster leadership development on campus. The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) hosts student leadership workshops that can be incorporated into the new member education program. In addition, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is available to discuss strategies for change and ways to improve the new member program.