National Hazing Prevention Week

Sep 19, 2021 – National Hazing Prevention Week is September 20-24, and serves an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to raise awareness about hazing.

The ultimate goal of #NHPW is to prevent hazing through strong education efforts, diligent policy analysis and comprehensive planning through community support. 

The term “hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against any individual or group of individuals, regardless of affiliation, for the purpose of recruiting, joining, pledging, initiating, admitting, affiliating, or for the purpose of retaining membership in an organization – sometimes leading to physical injury or death. Hazing occurs in a wide range of groups: athletics, performing arts, religious, service organizations, fraternities, sororities and honor societies.

The following statistics cover the impact of hazing throughout educational organizations: 55% of college students in clubs, teams, or other organizations report being hazed, 50% of NCAA Division 1 athletes reported being hazed, 40% of college students reported that a coach or advisor knew about hazing incidents.

Brothers can participate in campus events and/or hold their own awareness and educational programs to prevent hazing. Events can be determined as an appropriate pledge activity, by asking the following questions: 

  • Does this activity promote and conform to the ideals and values of the Fraternity?
  • Is this activity an educational experience? 
  • Will this activity increase feelings of friendship between new and initiated members of the chapter?
  • Is it an activity that new and initiated members participate in together?
  • Would you be willing to defend the merit of this activity in a court of law?
  • Does the activity meet both the spirit and letter of the standards prohibiting hazing?
For more information, learn more:

  • Brothers of Delta Sigma Pi