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Hazing Support and Resources

Hazing is a hidden and serious problem that undermines the experience of students at Colgate. 
Hazing
Hazing is an act of control over others that feels abusive or embarrassing and can be life-threatening. Although hazing is not unique to our campus, we believe that it is important to openly discuss these challenges in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them. 

Being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of a student’s life, but hazing can undermine the value of these experiences. Hazing is also a violation of Colgate University policy and New York State Law. Groups that violate the university hazing policy will forfeit recognition.
How is Colgate working to prevent hazing?
In the effort to prevent hazing practices on campus, Colgate brought together faculty, staff, students, and alumni to form an ad hoc task force on constructive new member and Anti-Hazing Initiatives. The task force was charged with developing initiatives to prevent hazing practices on campus. Initiatives that came from this task force have resulted in a Fraternity and Sorority Life Summit, in which current and alumni members of fraternity and sorority organizations participated in discussions on hazing practices within their organizations, and on how to end “traditions” that may cross the line. In addition, a reporting and response protocol for potential hazing was created; as well as the creation of educational resources such as this website, and an in-person training program for first responders.
How do I know if an activity is hazing?
Hazing takes various forms, typically involving physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment. Hazing is any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health; or creates substantial embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule; or involves the forced consumption of food, alcohol, or drugs in the course of initiation or continuing affiliation with an organization. Learn more about different types of hazing.
How can I join a group, but avoid being hazed? What are the risks?
Entry into some groups may involve formal or informal initiation rites, but none should require abuse as a rite to membership. Hazing occurs in fraternity and sorority organizations, athletic teams, performance groups, and other student organizations. Alcohol is often a contributing factor, but never an excuse. Groups that haze often view it as necessary but positive outcomes can be found with constructive team building activities. Being informed and understanding your options in advance can help. Learn more about joining organizations and hazing.
What are my options for getting support or reporting after an incident?
Colgate offers support and reporting options if you or a friend is a experiences hazing. Please know that you're not alone and you have many options.