National Hazing Prevention week is a great way to educate parents, faculty and staff, students, community members, chapter members and others so they can more easily recognize hazing. The goal of the week and continued efforts is to prevent hazing from happening. Hazing will only be eliminated through education, member commitment and adherence to national/campus policies.
HazingPrevention.Org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage healthy and productive experiences for new members of teams, student organizations and fraternities and sororities. The site contains information about resources, programs and services of our organization including awards recognizing campuses and individuals for their hazing prevention efforts.
What Is Hazing?’
Hazing is any action or situation, with or without the consent of the participants, which recklessly, intentionally, or unintentionally endangers the mental, physical, or academic health or safety of a student.
This includes, but is not limited to any situation which:
Creates a risk of injury to any individual or group
Causes physical or mental discomfort to any individual or group
Causes embarrassment to any individual or group
Involves harassment of any individual or group
Involves degradation of any individual or group
Involves humiliation of an individual or group
Involves ridicule of an individual or group
Involves or includes the willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in an organization
It includes physical injury, degradation, humiliation, the compromising of moral or religious values, forced consumption of any liquid or solid, placing an individual in physical danger, or at risk, which includes abandonment and impairment of physical liberties which include curfews or other interference with academic endeavors.
Alternatives to Hazing
New member activities should focus on the mission, purpose and role of Alpha Chi Omega. If an activity doesn’t reflect favorably on the values of Alpha Chi Omega, then another activity should be used. Commitment and dedication to Alpha Chi Omega values and purpose will come from actually engaging in activities that promote our values and purpose.
Plan a trip to another Alpha Chi Omega chapter
Do a project to improve the community
Raise money for Domestic Violence Awareness
Plan a Family Weekend
Participate in intramural Sports
Do a hands-on service project
Attend campus events together
Invite alumnae to chapter events; create a Networking Night
Educational programming regarding the history of the group and/or the university
Conduct a leadership development workshop
Participate in a mentoring program