What Is Hazing?
Hazing is any reckless or intentional conduct in connection with the initiation into, or affiliation with, any organization which degrades, humiliates or endangers the mental or physical health of any person, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. It can also include activities that damage, destroy or remove any public or private property. Hazing is a premeditated act of power and control over others and is considered victimization. It is abusive and often life-threatening. Soliciting, directing, aiding or otherwise participating, actively or passively, in such activities constitutes hazing. In addition, apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act and is considered approval of the hazing behavior.
Hazing is a societal problem that is not limited to fraternities or sororities, but can occur in any organization. Over the past several years, hazing has become prevalent among high school students, athletic teams, the military, marching bands, honor societies, and other social and professional organizations.