If Your Organization Doesn't Haze
Organizations that do not haze can play an important role in stopping hazing on campus. Here are some ways that your group can help:
- Develop a non-hazing policy statement and share it with prospective and new members. Communicate openly and up front that you do not haze.
- Speak out in public settings against hazing, such as meetings and conferences. Being vocal and visible in your opposition to hazing will help shift the campus culture towards less tolerance for hazing.
- Consider a non-secret approach to your initiation. Even some groups that do not haze nonetheless like to keep their practices secret. But being open about your practices would help contribute to a climate of openness on campus that would challenge the secrecy that perpetuates hazing.
- Offer to advise other groups who are looking for guidance in developing non-hazing approaches to initiation. Send your ideas for non-hazing activities to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in our list of alternatives to hazing.
- Be vigilant in monitoring the evolution of your own practices, especially if your organization has engaged in hazing in the past. Maintaining a non-hazing approach requires ongoing attention, especially as membership changes over time.