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Council on Hazing Prevention

Cornell University recognizes hazing as a serious campus and public health issue. Hazing encompasses a range of practices that pose risks to the physical safety and mental health and well-being of individuals joining or continuing membership in various clubs, organizations, teams, and other groups. The impact of hazing on individuals can be severe, long-lasting, and even fatal. It can result in negative consequences for those who haze, the groups they are involved in, and the wider institution. Hazing is an abuse of power and is antithetical to the values and learning mission of the university. 

The Council on Hazing Prevention is chaired by Travis Apgar, Associate Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, and Timothy Marchell, Director of Mental Health Initiatives. Comprised of students, staff, faculty member and alumni, the Council provides a leadership structure for developing and guiding the university's hazing prevention strategies. Furthermore, this campus-wide council is consistent with the recommendations of the National Collaborative for Hazing Prevention and Research.

The Council is responsible for:

  • studying the campus environment in relation to hazing
  • fostering development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention strategies, policies, procedures, and services, and
  • advising the Vice President for Student and Academic Services and President on opportunities for fostering cultural change, reducing risks, and increasing support for members of the community affected by hazing.




Contact Information

Inquiries regarding the Council on Hazing Prevention should be directed to:
Laura Santacrose
Health Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 607 255-4782
Fax: 607 255-0269

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