Professors to Discuss Landmark Hazing Study in Boston March 11
March 5, 2008
Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3517; (207) 949-4149 - cell
ORONO, Me. -- The National Study on Student Hazing, a three-year
project spearheaded by University of Maine professors Elizabeth Allan
and Mary Madden, has revealed startling new evidence about the nature
and extent of hazing at U.S. colleges and universities. Allan and
Madden will discuss their preliminary findings at a Tuesday, March 11
news conference, part of the National Association of Student Personnel
Administrators (NASPA) annual meeting at Boston's Hynes Convention
Center. After the 12 p.m. news conference, the professors will make a
formal presentation on their research at 1:45 p.m.
Supported by 24 professional associations, the survey includes
responses from more than 11,000 undergraduate students at 54 colleges
and universities around the U.S. The North American Interfraternal
Organization was a key sponsor, arranging for the participation of the
other 23 project partners, including the NCAA.
More than half the respondents who belonged to a student organization
or team say they have experienced behavior that meets the definition of
hazing, which is illegal in 44 states.
The previous largest similar study, from 1999, had 2,027 respondents
and focused solely on student athletes. The survey conducted by Allan
and Madden is based on a random sample of all undergraduate students at
each participating institution.
"By looking at different types of groups and student organizations,
we gain a better understanding of the campus culture," Allan says.
The colleges and universities provided Allan and Madden with student
names and email addresses. The UMaine researchers invited those
students, via email, to take the online survey. Allan, Madden and their
UMaine colleagues followed up with in-person interviews of some 400 of
those students, in addition to staff members, administrators, and
coaches, from 22 participating institutions.
News organizations must register with NASPA to cover the news
conference and/or the 1:45 p.m. presentation. To obtain a registration
form, email Joe Carr at