Occidental College has a lively student body that is enhanced by student groups on-campus.
Becoming a member of these organizations is a wonderful way to connect to peers, gain leadership skills, and leave a positive impact on the institution. Selecting groups that are in alignment with your own beliefs and values can make for a truly rewarding experience. Student groups provide benefits such as life-long bonds and special traditions; all of these outcomes can be achieved free of hazing.
The Occidental College policy on hazing details the institution’s expectations of its students, and all students should review this information. The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention simplifies the definition of hazing as “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."
What you need to know:
- Hazing is a violation of Occidental College policy and California State law.
- Hazing not only harms those directly involved, but hurts the college community as well.
- Student groups can welcome new members and educate them about the organization through healthy, inclusive activities that are free of hazing.
- Listen to your gut; if you have to ask if it’s hazing, it likely is.
- Work with your advisor, coach, or national office to plan your new member and group bonding activities. If you feel hesitant in asking for this assistance, your instincts are likely telling you that the activity qualifies as hazing.
Last modified: August 20, 2012