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Examples of Hazing

Hazing can be subtle, harassing, or violent in nature. It can manifest itself in the form of physical violence, forced physical activities, or psychological and/or emotional harm, which can be violations of law. Although it is impossible to list all possible hazing behaviors because many are context-specific, the list below provides some common examples of hazing behaviors.

“Subtle” Hazing

“Subtle” hazing refers to activities that are often taken for granted or accepted as “harmless” or meaningless. There is an emphasis placed on a power imbalance between new members and other members of the organization, thus leading to activities or attitudes that breach reasonable standards of mutual respect, and place new members on the receiving end of ridicule or embarrassment. New members often feel the need to endure subtle hazing to feel like part of the organization. (Note: Some types of subtle hazing may also be considered harassment hazing.) Examples include:
  • Requiring new members to perform unnecessary duties not assigned to existing members
  • Required calisthenics such as sit-ups or push-ups, or other forms of physical exercise
  • Sleep deprivation
  • The assignment of meaningless and sometimes impossible tasks
  • Required “greeting” of members in a specific manner when seen on campus
  • Required carrying of certain items
  • Required walking in groups to class, the cafeteria, etc.
  • Restriction of communication

“Harassment” Hazing

“Harassment” hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for new members. This behavior has the potential to cause emotional anguish and/or physical discomfort. (Note: Some types of harassment hazing can also be considered violent hazing.) Examples include: 
  • Yelling or screaming
  • Personal servitude or chores
  • Lineups for the purpose of interrogating, demeaning, or intimidating
  • Wearing of embarrassing or uncomfortable clothing
  • Assigning pranks such as stealing, painting objects, or harassing other organizations
  • Forced confinement
  • Being dropped off somewhere and forced to find the way back

“Violent” Hazing

“Violent” hazing is behavior that has the potential to cause physical, emotional, and/or psychological harm. It often includes activities that tend to be the most extreme types of hazing. Examples include: 
  • Capturing or kidnapping
  • Total or partial nudity
  • Compelled sexual activity
  • Pushing, shoving, tackling, or any other physical contact
  • Forced consumption of any liquid or food
  • Paddling or whipping
  • Branding, cutting, labeling, or shaving parts of the body

How to Spot Signs That Hazing May Be Occurring:

  • Loss of voice due to yelling
  • Performing special tasks for the members or others
  • Required attendance at late-night work sessions, resulting in sleep deprivation
  • Restriction of communication
  • Not being able to sit down or soreness from paddling
  • Physical exhaustion from sit ups, running, or other calisthenics
  • Appearance of mental exhaustion or withdrawal from normal lifestyle; change in personality
  • Appearance of sadness or expressions of inferiority
  • Withdrawal from normal activities or friends
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Suicidal ideation