STRAFFORD, PA – Campus hazing can have far-reaching negative consequences for individual students, their families, student organizations, groups and teams, and the broader campus community. To guide effective hazing prevention, Clery Center and StopHazing have partnered to develop a data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework (HPF)© based on principles of prevention science and findings from the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC). The HPC includes member universities dedicated to advancing a comprehensive approach and building an evidence base for hazing prevention through a three-year mentoring process with StopHazing’s prevention experts. To translate research findings into sustainable practices, the partners are releasing the Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals®.
The Toolkit simplifies the complexities of hazing prevention into manageable strategies and activities. “While effective responses to hazing are vital, the Toolkit emphasizes activities that prevent hazing before it begins. Designed with campus leaders in mind, it helps guide comprehensive hazing prevention,” said Dr. Elizabeth Allan, President of StopHazing and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maine.
“While we’re making progress, tragedies involving hazing and other campus violence still monopolize headlines. Too often we see the impact of hazing not only on hazing victims, but also on entire campus communities. Our partnership with StopHazing on the We Don’t Haze film opened the door to broader collaboration with the shared vision of giving institutions access to valuable tools to proactively address hazing on campus,” said Abigail Boyer, Associate Executive Director of the Clery Center.
“We want to promote a cultural shift so college students can have exceptional experiences of group belonging and leadership without hazing.” Allan added. “We offer the Toolkit as a step in that direction.”
For more information or to access the Toolkit, please visit: https://clerycenter.org/initiatives/hazing-project/
In 2016, Clery Center worked with StopHazing to develop We Don’t Haze, a free 17-minute documentary to promote hazing prevention on college campuses. The documentary shares the perspectives of students, family members, and professionals whose lives have been impacted by hazing, and touches on key themes in hazing prevention such as examples of hazing, how to recognize hazing behaviors, and alternatives to hazing.
In collaboration with Clery, StopHazing is conducting an evaluation of We Don’t Haze. Findings gleaned from more than 200 college students involved in campus organizations who watched the film point to its promise as a tool for education and prevention. For example, students who view We Don’t Haze are more likely than their peers to agree that:
- Hazing is an ineffective way to build group unity.
- They know how to create group unity without hazing.
- They know how to identify and safely intervene to stop hazing.
- They feel comfortable talking about why hazing is a problem.
Student feedback has consistently indicated that We Don’t Haze is a powerful film featuring stories, individuals, and imagery that resonate with a college-aged audience. As one student participant stated, “The real-life experiences that were shown in the film…brought so much perspective and light to what a horrendous thing hazing really is.”
Building off of the film, the We Don’t Haze facilitation guide and script provides support for campus professionals to have conversations with students around topics such as the definition of hazing, the difference between hazing and bullying, why individuals can’t give true consent to be hazed, and characteristics of hazing and non-hazing activities.
If you are a student, campus professional, or community member who would like to get more information on We Don’t Haze, the facilitation guide, and other companion resources related to the film, please click here or www.stophazing.org. If you are interested in learning more about how We Don’t Haze can be evaluated on your campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.