StopHazing’s Hazing Prevention Consortium
Building an Evidence Base for Hazing Prevention
- Has your campus experienced incidents of hazing within student organizations, groups and teams?
- Do senior leaders and staff wonder if the steps they take to prevent hazing are effective?
- Do staff at your institution wish they understood more about hazing on campus and could make data-informed decisions about prevention and response?
- Does your campus need a ‘refresh’ on established programs and activities for helping students learn to think about and respond to hazing before they experience it?
If you and your campus colleagues are looking for ways to develop and improve hazing prevention efforts at your institution, the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC) may be a timely opportunity and a good fit.
StopHazing is currently seeking institutions to form a third HPC cohort to operate from Fall 2019-June 2022. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The HPC is comprised of select colleges and universities from across the U.S. with a demonstrated commitment to eliminate campus 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, learn from previous HPC members, and share lessons learned among their cohort during the Annual HPC Summit each year at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
The first HPC cohort, in operation from 2013-2016, included 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.The second and current cohort, operating from 2017-2020, includes Dartmouth College, MIT, Tufts University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The University of Texas at Austin. Through their hard work and our collaboration, these campuses have emerged 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 this impressive group of campuses to help implement and expand research-based hazing prevention, please contact email@example.com.
Is the HPC a good fit for your campus?
Devastating incidents of campus hazing are increasingly in the news and campus leaders and staff face growing pressure to devise hazing prevention plans. Research on effective strategies for preventing hazing is nascent, leaving limited options for evidence-based decision making, policy development, and response. The challenges campuses face in risk management are matched by the vulnerability of their students to hazing. StopHazing’s HPC offers a structured platform for campuses to take a close look at their campus culture and with support from experts leading pioneering research in the field, develop and execute plans for prevention that are research-informed, comprehensive, and campus-wide.
StopHazing’s prevention experts have developed the first and only data driven Hazing Prevention Framework© to guide the work of the HPC. As well, members benefit from the experience and knowledge gained by previous HPC members who have been implementing and evaluating prevention strategies for several years.
Effective campus hazing prevention builds on an understanding of context — that is, the campus history, culture and climate that shapes and is shaped by hazing behaviors. It requires use of a combination of hazing prevention strategies that can be tailored to particular campus contexts. The HPC 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 prevention and incorporates innovative perspectives from bystander intervention, the social norms approach, student leadership development, 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 this pioneering initiative, we are committed to building upon tested models of prevention from varied fields to continue refining research-informed hazing prevention practices.
The HPC engages campuses in a progression of guided activities over three years that build upon prevention science and the Strategic Prevention Framework. HPC activities progress as follows:
- Year One. StopHazing conducts a rigorous assessment of campus culture and hazing climate and coaches campuses to build capacity and cultural competence for hazing prevention and coalition of cross- campus stakeholders to lead hazing prevention efforts
- Year Two. Campuses build on Year One assessment and capacity building to maintain strong coalitions to plan, pilot, and evaluate hazing prevention strategies to reach key stakeholders.
- Year Three. 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.
- Launch and Annual HPC Summit. New members meet at the beginning of Year One to learn about each others campuses and the HPC. They meet at the close of each year during the Annual HPC Summit in Orono, Maine to compare notes, share lessons learned, and plan for next steps. These meetings generate a close cohort with members who freely consult one another and members of previous cohorts over the course of the project.
HPC Member Benefits
- 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 capacity and cultural competence in hazing prevention, 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, and access to StopHazing’s extensive online resources.
- Expand campus climate assessments using rigorous and validated approaches
- 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.
HPC Membership responsibilities
- Participate in the Hazing Prevention Consortium from August 2019 through July 2022.
- Senior administrators’ commitment through allocation of funding for staff time and budgets to support hazing prevention activities.
- Willingness to implement a hazing prevention coalition that includes representation from diverse stakeholder groups across campus.
- Appointment of a professional staff member to serve as the lead campus liaison to the Consortium.
- Participation of liaison in regular phone consultations, webinars, and at Annual HPC Summit meetings (June 2020, 2021, 2022).
- 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.
- Participation in dissemination of project findings within and beyond the Consortium.
For more information and to join the Hazing Prevention Consortium please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.