This past week, you may have noticed a lot of Greek organizations have been posting about hazing. Specifically, how they are against it, and do not allow it within their chapters. Unfortunately, it still happens. Hazing is not, has never been, and will never be, okay. Hazing is an awful thing to do. Here are some tips on what you can do if you see a hazing incident.
- If someone is in immediate danger, call 911.
- Stand up and say you don’t agree with it. More than likely, others will follow suit. It only takes one person to stop it.
- Never force someone into something. While something may be a tradition, it doesn’t make it okay. And you don’t want to make someone uncomfortable.
- Talk to someone about what is going on. You may not want to stand up to others in your chapter. But you can still make a difference. Talking to someone in a higher position, like your advisor, can help stop things.
- Call the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline. The calls placed are saved as audio files, then sent in an email to the headquarters of the chapter you’re reporting. You can remain anonymous, and still stop hazing. The number is 1-800-NOT-HAZE
To learn more about what you can do to help stop hazing, visit http://hazingprevention.org/.
Blog contributed by Lillian Homan.