Hazing in the News
Cornell Administrator Reveals Seven Hazing Investigations Underway This Month
Confirms a high number of hazing investigations this winter (Cornell Daily Sun, February 26, 2016).
Hazing prevention should expand to all
This Sun Editorial supports the need to broaden campus efforts beyond the Greek and athletic systems (Cornell Daily Sun, September 30, 2014).
Cornell broadens hazing prevention efforts
Reviews activities for National Hazing Prevention Week, as well as expanded campus education efforts (Cornell Daily Sun, September 26, 2014)
Hazing prevention takes campuswide approach
Announces the launch of the Council on Hazing Prevention that will lead a comprehensive, campuswide approach to hazing (Cornell Chronicle, April 11, 2014).
Chi Psi fraternity suspended for hazing allegations
Relays Cornell's response to hazing allegations at Chi Psi (Cornell Chronicle, March 4, 2014).
- Men's laxers suspended for hazing violations
Relays Cornell's response to hazing violations by the men's lacrosse team (Cornell Daily Sun, September 20, 2013).
- Hazing is never okay
A call from President David Skorton and VP Susan Murphy to all members of the higher education community to end hazing (USA Today, August 27, 2013).
- Three frats have status changed due to hazing allegations
An article identifying one fraternity placed on suspended status and two others on interim suspension as a result of allegations of hazing (Cornell Daily Sun, March 3, 2013).
- End Hazing
A letter to the editor written by Dan Meyer '87, President, Cornell University Alumni Interfraternity Council promoting specific actions to end the cycle of hazing (Cornell Daily Sun, January 25, 2013).
- Changing Frat Culture, Beyond the Punishment
An editorial suggesting a change in the initiation process will help eliminate the potential for hazing (Cornell Daily Sun, January 22, 2013).
- Skorton OKs new anti-hazing recommendations
An article about President Skorton's acceptance of the Recruitment, Acceptance, Retention and Education (RARE) task force report and recommendations for changes in the Greek community (Cornell Chronicle, November 29, 2012).
- Cornell Greek System Faces New Wave of Changes
An article about new policies that seek to substantially reform fraternity and sorority pledging in response to President David Skorton's challenge to "end pledging as we know it" (Cornell Daily Sun, November 29, 2012).
- To Eliminate Fraternity Hazing, Pledging Must End
An editorial questioning the efficacy of a shortened new member period, advocating for the elimination of pledging "entirely" (Cornell Daily Sun, November 29, 2012).
- Three Fraternities Temporarily Suspended After Allegations of 'Dangerous Behavior
An article about the interim suspension of The Acacia, Pi Kappa Phi and Tau Epsilon Phi fraternities after the University received reports alleging that "dangerous behavior" — including hazing and high-risk drinking — occurred at the chapters (Cornell Daily Sun, November 9, 2012).
- Ending Hazing Practices: This editorial lists the changes to Greek pledging proposed by the "Recruitment, Acceptance, Retention, and Education" committee, and urges that a shift toward reform come from within the Greek system (Cornell Daily Sun, May 2, 2012).
- Plans Emerge for Pledging Restructuring: Sun writers, Jeff Stein and Rebecca Harris outline recommendations for pledging reform put forth by the "Recruitment, Acceptance, Retention, and Education" committee (Cornell Daily Sun, May 2, 2012).
- Clearing the Haze from Greek Life: In this editorial, ILR Junior, Jon Weinberg, reflects on the recent NY Times piece ("When Hazing Goes Very Wrong,") and explores why the end of hazing must come from within the student body, not from the Administration (Cornell Daily Sun, April 25, 2012).
- Anti-hazing campaign promotes care for self and others
Highlights Cornell's hazing prevention campaign called "Rethink. React. Regroup" (Cornell Chronicle, March 28, 2012).
- After Skorton's Vow, Cornell Rethinks Pledging
Offers an update to the RARE committee's goals and progress related to the reformation of the pledging process (Cornell Daily Sun, March 7, 2012).
- Hazing is Here to Stay
A discussion about what is behind hazing and the difficultis with eradicating it (Cornell Daily Sun, September 20, 2011).
- Letter to the Editor: Questioning whether 'Skorton is Right'
Argues that ending hazing-free pledging, not pledging itself is an important distinction to make (Cornell Daily Sun, September 12, 2011).
- Burning Question: Hazing at Cornell (video)
Cornellians in Collegetown are asked whether they thought Skorton's goal was realistic (Cornell Daily Sun, September 1, 2011).
- Examining the Pledge on Pledging
A look at whether Cornell's new initiative is enough (Cornell Daily Sun, August 25, 2011).
- A Call to Lead
President Skorton discusses his request to ban hazing (Cornell Daily Sun, August 29, 2011).
- Greeks Struggle with Pledging Ultimatum
Describes how Greek leaders are struggling to interpret the implications of Skorton's message and how to conform to these expectations (Cornell Daily Sun, August 25, 2011).
- Dangerous Pledging Must End, Skorton Tells Greek Leaders
Skorton calls on Greeks to stop "degrading, humiliating" actions (Cornell Daily Sun, August 24, 2011).
- IFC Updates Definition of Hazing
Redefines hazing, punishment, and recruitment process (Cornell Daily Sun, April 21, 2011).
- Cornell Withdraws Recognition of SAE Following Death
Covers the University's action to withdraw its recognition of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for at least the next five years, following the Feb. 25 death of George Desdunes '13 (Cornell Daily Sun, March 18, 2011).
- IFC Continues Hazing Investigation
Explains how Cornell handles the investigation process of reports of hazing and discusses the status of two allegations made in the spring 2010 semester (pdf) (April 29, 2010).
- The Pain of Pledging: Hazing at Cornell
Describes the student hazing experience, its consequences, and Cornell's approach to preventing acts of hazing on campus (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, February 4, 2010).
- C.U. Works to Eliminate Hazing in Greek System
Reviews the recent strategies put in place to stop hazing practices (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, February 6, 2008).
- C.U. Fraternity Suspended for Hazing
Description of response to a February hazing incident (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, March 26, 2007).
- Effects of Hazing Last Long After Pledging Process
Review of a Cornell case of hazing and discusses both the definitions and impact of such behavior (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, January 26, 2007).
- Study Finds Discrepancy in Perception of Hazing
Offers insight into the results of a study that looked at the occurrences and issues related to hazing at Cornell (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, March 3, 2005).
- Gray Areas of 'Hazing'
Argues that some practices defined by institutions as hazing serve important functions (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, October 15, 2004).
- Hazing Undermines Spirit of Sport
Contends that hazing has no role to play in sports (pdf) (Cornell Daily Sun, October 7, 2004).
- Hazing Continues Despite Efforts to Change
Democrat and Chronicle writer Jim Mandelaro reports on a recent hazing incident involving the SUNY Geneseo volleyball team; however, he goes on to highlight many other incidents and describe the issue of hazing as a "national plague." Though efforts to combat hazing have been increasing in recent years, it continues to be a problem throughout the country. (January 12, 2014)
- Hazing is Never OK
In this USA Today op ed, Cornell President David Skorton and Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy issue a challenge: "When we see evidence of hazing, let us say, This is not tradition, team-building or simply 'fooling around.' This is hazing, it is harmful, and it must stop now." (August 27, 2013)
- Preventing Hazing
This in depth report cites Cornell's commitment to implement "one of the country's most far-reaching anti-hazing programs, with the university president David Skorton vowing to 'end pledging as we know it.'" (February 8, 2013)
- Suppressing the Allure of College Hazing Rituals
PBS News Hour's Ray Suarez talks with psychologist Susan Lipkins and Cornell University's Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity, sorority and independent living (September 21, 2012).
- A panel discussion on the Diane Rehm Show
(WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC), including David Skorton, discusses the dangers of hazing and what to do about it. Link directly to the audio recording (September 20, 2012).
- Cornell's Promise: End Pledging As We Know It
Hazing (at Cornell and beyond) is explored by WBUR radio host, Robin Young, in her Here and Now interview. Cornell guests include Travis Apgar, Associate Dean of Students, and Timothy Marchell, Director of Mental Health Initiatives. Listen to the MP3 podcast (April 24, 2012).
- When Hazing Goes Very Wrong
New York Times writer, Michael Winerip explores the death of Cornell sophomore, George Desdunes and discusses the role of alcohol in fraternity hazing (April 12, 2012).
- Hazing Beyond the Frat House
Allie Grasgreen's piece in Inside Higher Ed begins, "The hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major last month has exposed an open secret: hazing often happens outside fraternities, and its consequences are no less dire" (pdf) (December 23, 2011).
- Only Students Can Truly End Hazing
Roland Martin wrote as a CNN Contributor: "Our goal as fraternity men is to take young men and mold and shape them to be better men. It is not our aim to take young men and train them to be collegiate mercenaries, hellbent on inflicting as much pain as they got onto the first person they have control over" (pdf) (December 18, 2011).
- The Brutal Side of Hazing
Charles M. Blow wrote in the New York Times, "We must end hazing, and the 'conspiracy of silence' that shrouds the widespread practice in secrecy and shame" (pdf) (December 10, 2011).
- A Fraternity Hazing Gone Wrong
A National Public Radio story by Elaine Korry explores the hazing death of a Chico State University fraternity pledge. It includes a powerful interview with the victim's mother and recordings of courtroom testimony from fraternity members (pdf) (November 14, 2005).
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Hazing is never okay
In this USA Today op-ed, President David Skorton and VP Susan Murphy state it clearly: "This is not tradition, team-building or simply 'fooling around.' This is hazing, it is harmful, and it must stop now"(August 27, 2013).
A pledge to end hazing as we know it
In a New York Times article, President David Skorton commits to changing "practices of the fraternity system that continue to foster hazing" (August 24, 2011).