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Hazing Study Summary

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The National Center for Hazing Research and Prevention, conducted and published a study on the effects of hazing. The following information is from the Initial Findings of the National Study of Student Hazing: Examining and Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures. To read the entire study, visit HazingStudy.org.

The research is based on the analysis of 11,482 survey responses from
undergraduate students enrolled at 53 colleges and universities and more than
300 interviews with students and campus personnel at 18 of those institutions.

    • 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations
      experience hazing.
    • Hazing occurs in, but extends beyond, varsity athletics and Greek-letter
      organizations and includes behaviors that are abusive, dangerous, and
      potentially illegal.
  • Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep- deprivation, and sex acts are hazing practices common across types of student groups.
    • There are public aspects to student hazing including: 25% of coaches or
      organization advisors were aware of the group’s hazing behaviors; 25% of
      the behaviors occurred on-campus in a public space; in 25% of hazing
      experiences, alumni were present; and students talk with peers (48%,
      41%) or family (26%) about their hazing experiences.
    • In more than half of the hazing incidents, a member of the offending group
      posts pictures on a public web space.
    • More students perceive positive rather than negative outcomes of hazing.
    • In 95% of the cases where students identified their experience as hazing,
      they did not report the events to campus officials.
    • Students recognize hazing as part of the campus culture; 69% of students
      who belonged to a student activity reported they were aware of hazing
      activities occurring in student organizations other than their own.
    • Students report limited exposure to hazing prevention efforts that extend
      beyond a “hazing is not tolerated” approach. 
    • 47% of students come to college having experienced hazing.
  • Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college
    do not consider themselves to have been hazed.

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