What Can Be Done To Combat Hazing In Colleges?
Last week, Florida State University indefinitely suspended all fraternities and sororities. This action was taken days after the death of a fraternity pledge who had attended a party.
Earlier this year, at Penn State University, a 19-year-old died after a night of drinking, which was part of a fraternity pledge event. The university suspended the fraternity until the end of the fall 2018 semester.
In light of these, and other incidents, what can be done to combat hazing?
We posed the question to Elizabeth Allen, professor of higher education at the University of Maine. She’s also the executive director of StopHazing.org, a resource for hazing research and prevention.
“We’ve also found that hazing is occurring in performing arts groups, marching bands for example, as well as honor societies and other kinds of clubs and organizations, even intramural sports,” said Allen.
Allen’s research also found a stigma around the word hazing, leading to fewer students reporting incidents if asked directly.