Hazing Prevention

Hazing is defined by hazingprevention.org as “any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”

Hazing happens at all levels of schooling. It occurs in sports teams, clubs, cheerleading, fraternities and sororities, honor societies, and more. More than half of students in colleges and universities involved in clubs, sports teams, and organizations have experienced hazing. A significant number of hazing incidents and deaths involve alcohol consumption.

All schools need anti-hazing policy and procedures in place. Coaches should educate his or her student-athletes about the dangers of hazing.

Here are tips from Hazingprevention.org on what you can do if you suspect hazing:

  • If you witness a hazing incident or someone is in danger, call 911 immediately.
  • Learn what hazing is and familiarize yourself with the definition of hazing.
  • Familiarize yourself with local policies and laws.
  • Start a hazing prevention movement on your campus.
  • Take the hazing prevention pledge and encourage others to as well.

Nearly every state in the U.S. has laws against hazing. Know your state’s laws. You can find state laws on Hazingprevention.org’s interactive map.

Policyholders at Utica National can get more risk management information at the Customer Care center. 

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