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What You Should Know

  • Hazing is a violation of Colgate University policy and New York State Law.
  • Hazing takes various forms, typically involving physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
  • Hazing occurs not just in fraternity and sorority organizations, but athletic teams, performance groups, and other student organizations as well.
  • Groups that haze often view it as positive or necessary.
  • Groups that haze can achieve the positive outcomes they seek from hazing through non-hazing means.
  • There are resources on this site to get help if you or a friend is a victim of hazing.
  • Colgate is taking steps to prevent hazing.

Colgate’s Anti-Hazing Initiatives 

In the effort to prevent hazing practices on campus, Colgate brought together faculty, staff, students, and alumni to form an ad hoc task force on constructive new member and Anti-Hazing Initiatives. The task force was charged with developing initiatives to prevent hazing practices on campus. Initiatives that came from this task force have resulted in a Fraternity and Sorority Life Summit, in which current and alumni members of fraternity and sorority organizations participated in discussions on hazing practices within their organizations, and on how to end “traditions” that may cross the line. In addition, a reporting and response protocol for potential hazing was created; as well as the creation of educational resources such as this website, and an in-person training program for first responders.

Adapted from hazing.cornell.edu