National Hazing Prevention Week is September 25-29

Sep 25, 2023 – National Hazing Prevention Week, September 25 – 29, is an annual awareness campaign that seeks to educate, empower and eliminate hazing in all its forms.

According to Delta Sigma Pi’s risk management policy, hazing is defined as 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 that causes an individual or group of individuals to break laws or violate fraternity policy; cause physical or emotional harm, or jeopardize an individual or group's safety, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

The purpose of hazing is often framed as a rite of passage or a way to build camaraderie among group members. HOWEVER, it is essential to recognize that hazing is harmful and has NO place in any organization. If you see something, say something and report any concerns to your District Director, Chapter Advisor, Regional Vice President or the Delta Sigma Pi Central Office.

“Hazing doesn’t happen here. This is a professional organization.”  Think again. Hazing occurs in a wide range of groups: athletics, performing arts, religious, service organizations, fraternities, sororities and honor societies.

According to Hazing Prevention Network:

In a 2017 research study, as many as 22% of Americans indicate that they have been hazed. Hazing negatively affects ALL parties involved: person hazed, person hazing and the organization involved.

71% of those who are hazed suffer from physical, emotional, and/or mental instability, loss of sense of control and empowerment, post-traumatic stress syndrome, illness or hospitalization and in some incidents lead to death of the member. Those who haze are often suspended, expelled, face legal action and media scrutiny, damage one’s reputation and experience feelings of shame and guilt.

How can chapters participate in #NHPW?

  1. Organize Awareness Events: Look at resources from Hazing Prevention Network and walk your chapter through important exercises and valuable information. Consult the CMP Guide for suggestions on risk management events and guidance on how to properly report them.
  2. Share Stories: Survivors of hazing incidents and individuals who have been affected by hazing often share their stories during NHPW. These personal accounts can be powerful tools for raising awareness and inspiring change. View personal stories on the Hazing Prevention Network website.
  3. Engage in Social Media Campaigns: Using social media to spread the message about hazing prevention is an effective way to reach a wide audience. Using hashtags like #NHPW and #PreventHazing can help amplify the message.
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