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Office of Student Life

6135 Collis Center, Suite 217
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-6979


Report Hazing Here

For more information on hazing and the law click here

Dartmouth College Student Handbook click here

Things to remember:

1.      Hazing is about power, authority, and control

2.      Hazing has both a physical and psychological element

3.      Hazing is multifaceted 

4.      Individuals being hazed feel that it is a commitment they need to uphold

  • Students will vary along a continuum of acceptance of hazing in general

  • Students will also vary along a continuum of acceptable and unacceptable hazing

5.      Hazing seeks to control an individuals outlook and presents mixed messages

  • Use symbols, situations and language as a way to construct an image in the minds of members

  • Reconstruct member identities through uniforms, signs, hats, kits, shared activity.

  • Use language to shape the experience of members – i.e. Talk about “pride” in accomplishment while forcing members to do calisthenics.  Talk about “unity” 

6.      Hazing differs between groups

  • Athletes, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Organizations, Recreational clubs

  • Men, Women, Coed

  • Predominantly White Groups, Multicultural Groups

7.      Hazing is a culture

  • Unfortunately at this time it is condoned by majority culture – both on campus and at large

  • When combating a culture – change is best accomplished incrementally

  • It involves powerful symbols and assigned worth

8.      Hazing involving alcohol

  • Has a different meaning for men especially – It allows a closeness with other men while preserving perceived masculinity.

  • Some individuals will say alcohol has come to represent a leveling of the playing field between men and women

  • Dependent on the availability of alcohol

  • Usually used and seen as a way to bond people on a college campus as a social lubricant

  • May be given as a treat for good behavior

9.      Students who haze often do not take into account the “baggage” that a new member brings with them into the organization. 

For Example:

  • Previous sexual assault or abuse

  • Psychological disorders

  • Alcoholism

  • Weak self esteem

  • May trigger reactions from their members

Last Updated: 10/19/15