Hazing Prevention Consortium

Overview: The Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC) 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. Made up of universities from across the United States, HPC participation is based on having demonstrated a commitment to eliminate hazing and readiness to launch a comprehensive approach to prevention. Over a three-year period, members work 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. Having completed work with the first cohort of distinguished campuses – 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 – in September 2017 StopHazing launched its second HPC cohort, which includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, the University of Oregon, and Dartmouth. Together with StopHazing, these institutions are positioned as national leaders in the effort to replace hazing with positive leadership and group development on college campuses.

If your institution is interested in joining the second cohort of the Hazing Prevention Consortium, please email info@stophazing.org.

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 are tailored to particular campus contexts. Our approach is guided by a theory-to-practice philosophy that builds on insights gained from prevention science, our scholarly 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 HPC, 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 HPC 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 HPC cohort who are further along in the hazing prevention process. HPC activities progress as follows:

  • Year One: Assessment and Capacity
    • StopHazing conducts a rigorous assessment of campus culture and hazing climate based on student 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 the Annual HPC 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 evaluate pilot prevention strategies in the spring semester.
    • Consortium members report out on findings from Year Two activities at the Annual HPC 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 hazing prevention pilot strategies are refined and implemented and evaluated with similar or expanded target audiences.
    • Campuses use evaluation data to formulate conclusions regarding promising hazing prevention strategies which they present at the Annual HPC 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 HPC 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 bi-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 by the StopHazing team of a validated student survey on hazing, collection of interview and focus group data from students and staff, review of hazing resources, policies and procedures, and provision of a comprehensive report on assessment findings with recommendations for future prevention efforts.
  • Maintain momentum by meeting regular HPC 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 HPC members past and present.
  • Participate in the Annual HPC Summit where members present findings and discuss lessons learned from their prevention efforts.

 Commitments of Hazing Prevention Consortium membership

  • Participate in the HPC 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 campus liaison to the HPC.
  • Participation by HPC liaison in regular phone consultations, webinars, group conferences, and at the Annual HPC Summit during June 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • 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 HPC.
  • Participate in dissemination of project findings within and beyond the HPC.

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