Building an Evidence Base for Hazing Prevention
Overview – Despite expanding awareness, media attention, and research on hazing, to date there is no evidence-based framework to guide hazing prevention. The Hazing Prevention Consortium is a multi-year research-to-practice initiative led by StopHazing, Inc. to build an evidence base for hazing prevention on college campuses in the U.S. and beyond. The Consortium is comprised of 8 select colleges and universities from across the U.S. (Cornell, Kentucky, Lehigh, Texas A&M, University of Arizona, University of Central Florida, University of Maine, University of Virginia) that have demonstrated a commitment to eliminate hazing and readiness to launch a comprehensive approach to prevention. Members work with StopHazing’s team and affiliated prevention experts over a three-year period, receiving extensive coaching and technical assistance to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative hazing prevention strategies on their campuses and to share their results among a cohort of peers.
StopHazing is currently accepting applications from institutions to form a second Consortium cohort that will launch in 2016.
Approach – Effective prevention builds on an understanding of campus history, culture and climate. Rather than a one-size-fits all approach, we advocate combined use of a core set of 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, pioneer, and refine a framework for hazing prevention.
Design – The Consortium project builds upon the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to structure a progression of guided activities over three years. Members of the current Consortium are in Year Two of the project. Beginning in July 2015, members of the second Consortium cohort will overlap with and benefit from the lessons learned and findings of the previous cohort, as they move through their own three-year process, including:
- Year One: Campuses launch and build capacity for hazing prevention coalitions. In collaboration with the StopHazing team, they complete comprehensive reviews of campus-based hazing prevention resources, procedures and protocols. Additionally, they complete rigorous assessments of campus culture and hazing climate using a combination of surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and receive a comprehensive set of recommendations from StopHazing on moving hazing prevention forward on their campuses.
- Year Two: Campuses build on the foundation of Year One activities to plan for, implement and evaluate core hazing prevention strategies. Sample webinar topics include Hazing 101, Evaluation 101, Social Norms, Why Students Haze: Psychological and Social Factors, and Bystander Innovation.
- Year Three: Campuses use evidence from Year Two implementation and evaluations to refine prevention strategies and evaluation instruments and focus on sustainability of hazing prevention initiatives.
Benefits to Participating Campuses
- Access the knowledge, skills, and expertise of StopHazing’s team of internationally recognized hazing researchers and prevention specialists who share information, resources, and ongoing feedback to support continual growth and improvement of prevention initiatives.
- Receive customized support and guidance to assess campus climate for hazing, manage and build capacity for 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 collection of online resources.
- Expand campus-based understanding of hazing through administration of the Survey of College Student Hazing (TM) a site visit from the StopHazing team to collect interview and focus group data from students and staff, and provision by StopHazing of a comprehensive report on assessment findings with recommendations for future prevention efforts.
- Establish and maintain added momentum for campus-based prevention initiatives by meeting clearly defined Consortium milestones tied to assessment, coalition work, planning, implementation and evaluation of prevention strategies, and sustainability.
- Participate in a multi-campus initiative providing opportunities to learn from and contribute to campus prevention efforts of both current and previous Consortium members.
- Participate in a summit of Consortium members to present findings and lessons learned.
- Build capacity to lead the nation in the prevention of hazing.
- Receive guidance to foster a campus climate where students are treated with dignity and respect in their development as leaders, athletes, and community citizens.
- Demonstrate institutional commitment to a safe and inclusive campus climate through Consortium membership.
Commitments of Participating Campuses
- Senior administrators’ commitment to hazing prevention.
- Willingness to implement a hazing prevention coalition that includes representation from a range of divisions and programs.
- Appointment of a professional staff member to serve as the lead campus representative to the Consortium.
- Attendance of key staff in monthly phone consultations, webinars, group conferences, and at Consortium summit.
- Host members of the StopHazing team on campus for several days during up to two site visits 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.
- Timely payment of annual membership fee.
For more information and to apply to join the Hazing Prevention Consortium
If you are considering applying to join the Hazing Prevention Consortium:
- Contact StopHazing (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an informational meeting to discuss selection criteria, the application process and to obtain an application.
- Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2016.
- Applicants will receive an initial response within 30 days of application submission.
- StopHazing reserves the right to request additional information and to deny applications based on insufficient readiness for effective participation in the Consortium.
- Consortium membership is projected to run from July 2016-June 2019.