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Hazing

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of hazing.

About Hazing

Photo of one male and two females mourning a hazing death.Many groups require prospective members to go through an initiation ritual in order to gain membership. Initiation rituals are often rooted in tradition and serve to demonstrate the prospective member’s commitment to joining the group. For example, individuals joining a Christian church may go through the ritual of baptism. When an initiation ritual involves the humiliation, endangerment, or abuse of the prospective member, the practice is referred to as hazing. Hazing comes in many forms and can result in physical and psychological harm. Violent hazing can include forced alcohol consumption, forced sleep deprivation, physical abuse, sexual assault, and other forms of harassment. More subtle forms of hazing involve verbal abuse, belittling and humiliating prospective members by ignoring them, forcing them to perform menial tasks, or requiring them to wear embarrassing clothing. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Why do students haze?
  • Discuss the physical and mental trauma one suffers through constant hazing?
  • Does hazing build character or group cohesiveness?
  • Does peer pressure lead to cruel hazing practices?
  • How has hazing intersected with Greek fraternities and sororities?
  • Is there any current federal or state legislation on the act of hazing?
  • How difficult is it to prosecute military personnel accused of hazing either in the armed forces or military academies?