EXAMPLES OF HAZING
HAZING TRADITIONS are found in many arenas.
Today we know that hazing extends far beyond social fraternities
and sororities on college campuses. Over the past several
years, the news media have documented many cases of hazing
among high school students. Hazing rituals have been reported
among athletic teams, the military, marching bands, honor
societies, and other social and professional organizations.
Hazing is a complex social problem that is shaped by power
dynamics operating in a group and/or organization and within
a particular cultural context.
“Hazing” refers to any
activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain
full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks
emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's
willingness to participate.
Certain behaviors are considered hazing if
they are expected in order to become or feel like a member
of a group and meet the other criteria in the above definition.
Some examples of common hazing practices are listed below.
However, NOT ALL HAZING activities are listed here.
or coerced consumption of alcohol
Being yelled at or cursed at by other members of the team
Ingestion of vile substances
Simulate sex acts
Associate with certain people and not others
Forced or coerced shaving of heads or other body parts
Inflict violence on someone
Be whipped, kicked, or beaten
Perform sex acts
Make prank phone calls or harass others
Wear embarrassing clothing
Deprive self of regular hygiene practices (e.g., brushing
Destroy or steal property
Cheat or help others cheat on an exam
“Drop-offs” or “dumps” in unfamiliar
Humiliating Kangaroo courts or mock trials
Lock-ups or being confined to small spaces
Being duct taped or some other physical restraints
Sacrificing or injuring animals