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Hazing Support and Resources

Hazing is a hidden and serious problem that undermines the experience of students at Colgate. 
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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 of their organization as noted in the relationship statement.
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.