It is important that we discuss hazing for the sake of student’s safety. Hazing can be a humiliating or dangerous task required for a college student seeking membership with a sorority or fraternity.
Kayla Brusdhal, a junior at ISU, gave her experience with Greek life when asked what she knows and thinks about hazing.
“I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega,” said Brusdhal. “My sorority is against violent acts, we are a part of domestic violence awareness (these hands don’t hurt); I feel as though hazing should not be done. Some people don’t know where the line is and how it affects people. It is demeaning and hurtful, physically and mentally. I have heard instances when people have even passed away due to excessive hazing and not getting help when it was needed. This should not be an issue, but it is.”
Brooks Moore, associate vice president for Student Affairs, shared valuable information about hazing and how ISU deals with it. He also gave resources to contact if hazing ever becomes an issue.
When asked how the university deals with hazing, Moore says, “Any reports, allegations or notices of hazing are reviewed immediately by university staff and it is treated with utmost importance and priority. Hazing has no place at Indiana State University, and individuals or organizations that are found to be responsible for hazing are held accountable. The Code of Student Conduct outlines the university policies regarding hazing, including definitions and outlines; the conduct process for those individuals or organizations charged with alleged hazing. Sanctions for hazing can include warnings, probation, suspension, loss of recognition and educational sessions. This pertains to both individuals and organizations.”
Moore also says there are consequences if sororities and fraternities haze.
“If a fraternity or sorority is found responsible for hazing, through the Code of Student Conduct, they can receive warnings, loss of privileges and participation in university events, probation, mandatory educational training,” said Moore. “The most severe action that can be taken against is organization is separation – which means that organization is no longer recognized at the university and is removed from campus.”
If a student is being hazed, this is what they should do.
“Students should immediately assess the situation that they find themselves in [and] safely remove themselves from the situation,” said Moore. “They should speak out and immediately report the experience to a university official. The Sycamores Care program is a great first resource for confidential reporting. In addition, there are professional staff across campus that maintain confidentiality in these cases, including the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Public Safety.”
This is what everyone can do to look out for hazing activities to protect not only ISU but all college campuses.
“HazingPrevention.Org is the national leader in educating, training and addressing hazing,” said Moore. “Their resources are a wonderful start to begin understanding more about hazing and how to help eradicate it. National studies now show that 20 percent of high school students have been hazed. As such, more and more students are entering college with this type of felony behavior occurring in their high schools and hometown communities. And it’s occurring in groups well beyond fraternities and sororities. Hazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Hazing is about power and control and has no place at Indiana State University.”