The Emory hazing prevention task force views hazing as a form of interpersonal violence, a public health issue to be addressed holistically and comprehensively with a whole campus approach. Our work in hazing prevention is evidence-based and includes working to engage at the undergraduate level and with graduate schools.                   

How We Decided This Framework

  • Emory uses a public health framework that combines components of Stop Hazing’s Hazing Prevention Framework - the outer circle - and adapted Cornell University’s hazing prevention model initiatives – the inner circle. This integrated model we developed for Emory includes campus-wide comprehensive hazing prevention.

  • Preventing hazing requires a comprehensive approach involving multiple strategies. Effective prevention requires understanding the complex factors that contribute to hazing. This approach incorporates the social ecological model of addressing hazing through the interplay at the individual level, campus and surrounding community, national organizations, state level, and the broader society.

View Emory’s hazing prevention framework here: (Click to enlarge)

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  • The eight components (outer circle) of the Hazing Prevention framework include: commitment, capacity, assessment, planning, evaluation, cultural competence, sustainability, and implementation of all hazing prevention initiatives. These are based on prevention science and findings from a research to practice project done by Stop Hazing.

  • The inner circle of the Initiatives include: leadership and culture change strategies, policy, education, positive team building, ethical leadership, reporting options, response, support for those who are hazed, and transparency regarding violations.

*Note: Cornell University’s Hazing Prevention Model initiatives were adapted into Emory’s model with the addition of ethical leadership and renamed “enforcement” to “response” to encompass all response options.

Facts and Statistics

Facts

  • Hazing occurs in a variety of contexts including sports teams, club sports, sorority and fraternity life, honor societies, student organizations, and more.

  • Hazing is about power and control and not team building or group cohesion.

  • A significant number of hazing incidents involve alcohol consumption.

  • Hazing occurs in middle schools, high schools, and colleges.

Hazing Statistics

  • 5 million high school students are hazed each year.

  • 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing.

  • 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.

  • Forced alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are examples of hazing common across all types of student groups.

  • 2 in 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus. More than 1 in 5 report that they witnessed hazing personally.

  • In 95% of cases where students identified their experience as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials.

  • Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.

Data taken from the national study Hazing in View: Students at Risk conducted by Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Mary Madden, Ph.D. from the University of Maine.  The full report of both the pilot and complete national study are available here: HazingStudy.Org