Hazing Prevention at FIU

FIU •  Hazing Prevention Efforts

Florida International University has zero tolerance for hazing.  There are many policies and procedures in place to safeguard against hazing activities.  Beyond the polices the following bullet points demonstrate preventative efforts directed to educate students in regards to hazing.

  • The Department of Campus Life policies and the constitution of all Greek Councils clearly prohibit hazing and give rationale and resources (see below)
  • The Sorority and Fraternity website has a link to the FIU statement on hazing: http://greeks.fiu.edu/index.php/importantdocs/
  • Order of Omega, in conjunction with Campus Life, plans a Hazing Prevention week annually.
  • All students who sign a bid to participate in a sorority or fraternity must sign a consent form which includes the FIU Zero Tolerance Hazing Policy (see below).
  • Hazing prevention training is covered annually in our Spring Leadership retreat with the executive board of every sorority and fraternity.
  • All student organization presidents must sign an understanding and agreement of the anti-hazing policy to become recognized by the university.
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution conducts hazing prevention and sanctioned workshops for Greek organizations, FIU Athletics, and club sports.  These workshops are tailored to the targeted audience.
  • All hazing allegations against organizations and/or individuals are adjudicated by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Hazing Defined

‘Hazing’ means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student including, but not limited to, initiation with an organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution (FL Statute 1006.63.1).

Background

The National Study of Student Hazing (http://www.hazingstudy.org/publications/hazing_in_view_web.pdf, 2008) is one of the more comprehensive studies in hazing and hazing prevention. With 11,000 responses and over 300 interviews from 53 college campuses nationwide, the study illustrates the problems and challenges related to student hazing. Its findings include:

  • 47% of students come to college having experienced hazing
  • 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing
  • Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed
  • In 95% of the cases where students identified their experience as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials
  • There are public aspects to student hazing including: Students talk with peers (48% to a friend; 41% to another group member) or family (26%) about their hazing experiences

Recommendation

All SUS institutions should establish and maintain the following minimum standards to affirm anti-hazing policies and to reduce hazing occurrences:

  1. An anti-hazing website
  2. A 24/7 reporting system (online and/or physical locations)
  3. Programming and training activities for faculty, staff members, students and organizations (to include athletics, Greek organizations, parents, alums, community organizations, etc.)
  4. Broad dissemination of hazing policies/statutes, trainings and workshops to all students, faculty and staff on a semester basis (to include athletics, Greek organizations, parents, alums, community organizations, etc.)

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