The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life supports the hazing prevention programming and messaging within our community year-round. As part of these conversations, staff members are often asked to provide community members with a list of activities that constitute hazing understanding that, if such a list existed, student organizations would agree to not engage in these activities. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as a list of prohibited activities. Hazing exists on a continuum and our personal experiences impact what may or may not constitute hazing.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life encourages community members to think critically about the activities in which they ask their members to participate and run through the following questions to determine whether or not the activity could be defined as hazing (adapted from Gordie’s Call and Pi Kappa Alpha):
- Is the activity an educational experience?
- Does the activity promote or confirm the values of the organization?
- Will the activity increase respect for the organization by non-affiliated individuals?
- Will active/current members of the group refuse to do what they are asking the new members to do?
- Is alcohol involved?
- Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
- Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?
- Would you feel uncomfortable describing the activity to your parents, to a professor, or to University faculty?
- Would you feel uncomfortable with the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
If the answer to ANY of these questions is “yes,” the activity is most likely hazing.
In addition, CSU offers the following links as recommended resources to learn more about hazing prevention efforts:
- CSU Hazing Policy and Colorado Hazing Laws
- Colorado State University Student Conduct Code Definition of Hazing for Student Organizations
- Gordie’s Call
- Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention
- Cornell University Hazing Website
- Florida State Hazing Website
- Hazing in View: College Students at Risk
- Langford and Associates Comprehensive Approach to Hazing Prevention