Hazing Prevention Consortium

Building an Evidence Base for Hazing Prevention

Overview: The Hazing Prevention Consortium is a multi-year research-to-practice initiative led by StopHazing to build an evidence base for hazing prevention on college campuses in the U.S. and beyond. The Consortium is currently made up of 8 select colleges and universities from across the U.S.—including Cornell University, Lehigh University, Texas A&M University, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Virginia, University of Arizona, and University of Central Florida—that have demonstrated a commitment to eliminate hazing and readiness to launch a comprehensive approach to prevention. Over a three year period beginning in 2013, members have worked with StopHazing’s team of prevention experts, receiving coaching and technical assistance to assess campus climate for hazing, develop, implement, and evaluate hazing prevention strategies, and share lessons learned among their cohort. These campuses have become national leaders in the effort to replace hazing with positive leadership and group development on college campuses. As their membership in the Consortium draws to a close, StopHazing plans to establish a second cohort to operate from Fall 2017 through Spring 2020.

StopHazing is currently seeking institutions to form a second Hazing Prevention Consortium cohort whose members will benefit from the groundbreaking work of the first cohort.

Approach: Effective prevention builds on an understanding of campus history, culture and climate. Rather than a one-size-fits all approach, we advocate use of a combination of core hazing prevention strategies that can be tailored to particular campus contexts. Our approach is guided by a theory-to-practice philosophy that builds on insights gained from prevention science, our research and experience as practitioners, and our collaborations with professionals in the field. Our team of internationally recognized prevention specialists includes leaders in hazing research and innovators in bystander intervention, social norms research and messaging, institutional change, and prevention evaluation. We value a comprehensive approach that is collaborative, strategic, sustainable, involves multiple stakeholders, and proceeds from a careful analysis of the problem of hazing within specific institutional contexts. Through our pioneering Consortium, we are committed to building upon tested models of prevention from varied fields to formulate and continue to refine a framework for hazing prevention.

Design: The Consortium project engages campuses in a progression of guided activities over three years that build upon prevention science and the Strategic Prevention Framework. In addition to coaching from the StopHazing team, members will have access to the expertise of peer organizations from the first Consortium cohort who are further along in the hazing prevention process. Consortium activities progress as follows:

Year One: Assessment and Capacity

  • StopHazing conducts a rigorous assessment of campus culture and hazing climate based on students responses to a validated survey, student and staff focus groups and interviews, and review of campus hazing prevention resources, policies and procedures.
  • Campuses coached to launch and build capacity for hazing prevention coalitions of cross-campus stakeholders, including training in problem analysis to understand the underlying causes, risks, and protective factors shaping the culture of campus hazing.
  • Consortium members report out on findings from Year One activities at year-end Consortium Summit.
Year Two: Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

  • Campuses build on Year One assessment and capacity building to maintain strong coalitions and use problem analysis and assessment data to identify target audiences and best hazing prevention strategies to reach them.
  • Coalitions engage in evaluation-informed planning to design, implement, and evaluation pilot prevention strategies in the spring semester.
  • Consortium members report out on findings from Year Two activities at year-end Consortium Summit
Year Three: Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability

  • Campuses continue to sustain their coalitions and use evidence from Year Two to refine prevention strategies and evaluation instruments and focus on sustainability of hazing prevention initiatives.
  • Year Two pilots are implemented and evaluated with similar or expanded target audiences
  • Evaluation data used to formulate conclusions regarding promising hazing prevention strategies, which are presented at the year-end Consortium summit.

 Benefits of joining the Hazing Prevention Consortium

  • Build capacity to lead the nation in the prevention of hazing.
  • Demonstrate institutional commitment to a safe and inclusive campus climate through Consortium membership.
  • Receive help to foster a campus climate where students are treated with dignity and respect in their development as leaders, athletes, and community citizens.
  • Access the knowledge, skills, and expertise of StopHazing’s team of internationally recognized hazing researchers and prevention specialists who share information, resources, and feedback.
  • Receive customized guidance to assess campus climate for hazing, build and manage hazing prevention coalitions, plan for, implement and evaluate hazing prevention strategies, and sustain prevention initiatives.
  • Build capacity through monthly one-on-one consults with the StopHazing team, regular webinars on hazing research and prevention, group conference calls, and access to StopHazing’s extensive HPC online resources.
  • Expand assessment of campus culture and climate through administration of a student survey on hazing, an optional site visit from the StopHazing team to collect interview and focus group data from students and staff, review of hazing resources, policies and procedures, and provision by StopHazing of a comprehensive report on assessment findings with recommendations for future prevention efforts.
  • Maintain momentum by meeting clearly defined Consortium milestones tied to assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability.
  • Participate in a multi-campus initiative, providing opportunities to learn from and contribute to campus prevention efforts of Consortium members past and present.
  • Participate in annual summits of Consortium members to present findings and discuss lessons learned.

Commitments of Hazing Prevention Consortium membership

  • Participate in the Hazing Prevention Consortium from August 2017 through July 2020.
  • Senior administrators’ commitment to hazing prevention.
  • Willingness to implement a hazing prevention coalition that includes representation from diverse stakeholder groups across the campus.
  • Appointment of a professional staff member to serve as the lead campus liaison to the Consortium.
  • Attendance of liaison in regular phone consultations, webinars, group conferences, and at annual Consortium summits.
  • If desired, host members of the StopHazing team on campus for several days during Year One site visit to facilitate data collection efforts.
  • Willingness to share information about campus hazing prevention efforts with other campuses in the Consortium.
  • Participate in dissemination of project findings within and beyond the Consortium.

For more information and to join the Hazing Prevention Consortium please contact us at info@stophazing.org.