The mission of StopHazing is to promote safe school, campus and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention.
Activities of StopHazing
Campus or school hazing climate assessments are available through StopHazing. Assessments can include surveys (paper or online administration), interviews, focus groups and site visits with consulting about policy alignment and other prevention-focused initiatives. Other efforts of StopHazing include: building a databank related to hazing, sponsoring conferences and think-tanks, disseminating information, and providing training and consultation for education professionals.
While policies and education to inform students about the dangers of hazing have been in place for several decades now, the continued presence of hazing on college campuses and in high schools threatens the health and safety of many students and prompts questions about the viability of current approaches to hazing prevention. In the national study of student hazing we learned that leaders and staff/practitioners in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are struggling to more effectively intervene and prevent hazing on their campuses. Our research indicates that as many as 1 of every 2 students who are involved in a campus club, organization, or team have experienced hazing. Moreover, these behaviors are often illegal and place students in danger of harm and/or result in emotional and physical harm.
At present, the lack of awareness and understanding about hazing and its causes is pervasive and is a major impediment to the development of effective intervention and prevention strategies. The national study provides the baseline data needed to track trends related to hazing nationally across different kinds of student groups and within diverse types of higher educational institutions.
Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D.
Dr. Allan is a professor of Higher Education at the University of Maine. She is the author of two books and co-editor of another. Her award-winning scholarship focuses on campus culture and climate and has been featured in premiere education journals including the Harvard Educational Review and The Journal of Higher Education. Allan’s professional experience educating about hazing spans two decades and includes research, prevention, student affairs, and policy work. She was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing (2008) and has authored and co-authored numerous articles, essays, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on the topic of hazing. Dr. Allan earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in Health Promotion and B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College.
In 1992, concerned students and administrators at the University of New Hampshire formed an ad hoc group with the sole purpose of passing an anti-hazing law in New Hampshire. In order to educate the NH legislature and public on the topic of hazing, the group prepared educational materials, held press conferences, gave lectures and testified at the NH legislature. After the effort, involving students across the state, the NH law was successfully passed in 1993. In 1998, two of the original members of that group, Brian Rahill and Elizabeth Allan, noticed the lack of information about hazing available on the Internet. Starting with materials they developed during the effort to pass the NH law, they began StopHazing.org with the mission to eliminate hazing through education. Since then, StopHazing has grown beyond the website to include research about hazing as a key component of its mission. StopHazing now serves as a resource for accurate, up-to-date information about hazing for students, parents, and educators and helps to educate more than 30,000 visitors/month.