What is Hazing?
Hazing is any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a person in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the person or endangering the mental or physical health of a person.
When does hazing happen?
Hazing occurs throughout the year. Each season brings another sport, and with it, the traditional rites of passage which can include hazing. This is true for both men's and women's teams. Often the beginning of the school year, late August and early September, mark hazings that occur against freshmen in high school and college. Fraternities and sororities begin to recruit new members in the fall, around August/September and in the winter, around January/February.
Where does hazing happen?
Hazing may occur anywhere. Often it is in locker rooms, on sports fields, on a school bus, or in any area that is large enough to accommodate the group. Frequently the location is part of the tradition, and it re-occurs at the same place. Hazing may occur on or off campus. Usually the participants perceive a lack of adult supervision.
Why do people haze?
Hazing is a tradition that has been accepted without question for centuries. Many people believe that it is a necessary rite of passage that creates and bonds within the group. Although this is not true, the misconception lives on. Often intelligent, moral people haze others, because they assume that they will not "get caught".
Who is involved in hazing?
Hazing is done to a person or group of people in order to gain entrance or acceptance into a club, organization, team, workplace or formal group. Those with least status receive the hazing, or are the targets as defined by the particular traditions.
How do people haze others?
Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are hazing practices common across all types of student groups. Regardless of consent, the activities require individuals to engage in activities that are physically and psychologically stressful.