Hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group or to maintain full status in a group that humiliates, degrades, or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. If someone joining a group is asked to do something that a full member does not have to do, that is considered hazing. Unfortunately, hazing is a common practice among many student groups. Hazing is illegal under Massachusetts law.
Some examples of hazing include forced excessive alcohol use, personal servitude, sleep deprivation, insulting new members, brandings, physical beatings, sexual simulation, sexual assault, and restrictions on personal hygiene.
How You Can Protect Our Pride
- Within every team and group you are part of, decide up front what behaviors are and are not acceptable.
- Ensure that any activities you plan would not be defined as hazing.
- Don't let others justify hazing as a tradition.
- Voice your opinion. Speak to your teammates/president/group leaders about your concerns.
- Refuse to participate in any hazing activities.
- Talk to an administrator, coach, advisor, or other trusted individual about your concerns.