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At the College of Education and Human Development

The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention is pleased to announce the release of the Initial Findings of the National Study of Student Hazing: Examining and Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures. Hazing In View full report

This investigation is the most comprehensive study of hazing to date and includes survey responses from more than 11,000 undergraduate students at 53 colleges and universities in different regions of the U.S. and interviews with more than 300 students and staff at 18 of these campuses.

What is hazing?

Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

Led by University of Maine researchers Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden, the study is supported by more than 30 Project Partners. The North American Interfraternal Foundation (NIF) was a key sponsor, arranging for the participation of the other partners including the NCAA.

Through the vision and efforts of many, this study fills a major gap in the research and extends the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding about hazing. Ten initial findings are described in the report, Hazing in View: College Students at Risk (PDF) and include:

  1. More than half of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.
  2. Nearly half (47%) of students have experienced hazing prior to coming to college.
  3. Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep- deprivation, and sex acts are hazing practices common across student groups.

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