What is Hazing?
How to Report
Whether you have witnessed an act of hazing, heard friends/students discussing a concerning activity or have participated in hazing yourself, there are several ways to notify the College of hazing behavior:
- Report if you see or know about acts of hazing occurring with any Owens-affiliated person.
- An online incident report alerts the designated College officials so an appropriate intervention can be made to resolve the behavior. When submitting an incident report, you should include as much detail as you have at the time to ensure a prompt and accurate investigation into the matter. Anonymous reports may be submitted, however, it is discouraged because it limits our ability to gather additional information and address the issue in a comprehensive manner.
- If you believe that a student is an imminent danger to themselves or others or you have been made aware of a potential violation of the law, contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at (567) 661-7575.
Hazing is frequently perpetuated by the idea of “tradition.” Groups often say “we’ve always done this” or “I/We had to do it, so you/they have to do it.” Changing those traditions and stopping those cycles may seem difficult, but it is the right thing to do if you want to ensure a healthy, safe, responsible and supportive experience for you and your fellow students.
Bystander Intervention for Hazing video — This Gordie Center video walks you through the 5 steps to bystander intervention when you see hazing.
- Bystanders are individuals who see or know about violence happening.
- Bystanders play an important role in reducing violence on campus and in our community.
Green Dots are ways that bystanders can intervene in situations in which someone may be in harms way regardless of your comfort level. See our Green Dot website for more information.
- Think of a distraction that will defuse a situation directly such as asking for directions.
- Ask someone to help on your behalf like friend, a coach, faculty member, advisor, or peer.
- Do something yourself (like ask someone to stop what they are doing).
Education and Prevention
How to prevent hazing: start talking about it!
The first thing you can do is honestly look at the activities your group engages in and determine if they constitute hazing by asking yourself some questions:
- Would I be willing to describe the activity to my parents, grandparents, instructors, advisors or police?
- Would I be concerned if a video of this activity were to be made public?
- If I asked a more senior member of this group/team to do this, would they?
- Do we have a detailed communication plan to make sure everyone stays safe during this activity?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is a good chance this is hazing behavior. You should consider having honest conversations about your group/team’s traditions and activities and consider their purpose and value. If it’s something that’s “always been done,” then start new traditions and work together as a group to create new and exciting ways to engage and welcome new members.
We Don’t Haze video — This award winning documentary shares the perspectives of those who have had their lives impacted by hazing and touches on key prevention themes such as examples of hazing, how to recognize hazing behaviors, and alternatives to hazing.
HazingPrevention.Org — A national nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing.
StopHazing — An organization dedicated to violence prevention and disruption.