Hazing is a hot topic across the nation, and most colleges and universities are taking aggressive steps to educate university communities to prevent harm of any kind to their Faculty, Staff and Students. The anti-hazing education plan will assist in keeping the Stetson University Community safe and well.
Statement on HazingBecause Stetson University values the equality of all people, recognizing its responsibility to protect human dignity and promote positive personalgrowth, hazing is strictly prohibited by any memberof the university community. Stetson defines hazing as an act that threatens the mental, physical, academic health, or safety of a student through actions or situations that endanger, embarrass,harass, demean or ridicule any person regardless of locations, intent or consent of participants.
Florida State Law - Hazing(1) As used in this section, "hazing" means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physicalhealth or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with anyorganization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. "hazing" includes, but is not limited to, pressuring orcoercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding,exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity thatcould adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student toextreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extremeembarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. hazing does notinclude customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal andlegitimate objective.(2) A person commits hazing, a third degree felony, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, when he or sheintentionally or recklessly commits any act of hazing as defined in subsection (1) upon another person who is a member of or anapplicant to any type of student organization and the hazing results in serious bodily injury or death of such other person.(3) A person commits hazing, a first degree misdemeanor, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, when he or sheintentionally or recklessly commits any act of hazing as defined in subsection (1) upon another person who is a member of or anapplicant to any type of student organization and the hazing creates a substantial risk of physical injury or death to such otherperson.(4) As a condition of any sentence imposed pursuant to subsection (2) or subsection (3), the court shall order the defendant toattend and complete a 4-hour hazing education course and may also impose a condition of drug or alcohol probation.(5) It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:(a) The consent of the victim had been obtained;(b) The conduct or activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not part of an official organizational event or wasnot otherwise sanctioned or approved by the organization; or(c) The conduct or activity that resulted in death or injury of the person was not done as a condition of membership to anorganization.
Florida State Law – Hazing(6) This section shall not be construed to preclude prosecution for a more general offense resulting from the same criminaltransaction or episode.(7) Public and nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions whose students receive state student financial assistance mustadopt a written anti-hazing policy and under such policy must adopt rules prohibiting students or other persons associated withany student organization from engaging in hazing.(8) Public and nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions must provide a program for the enforcement of such rules andmust adopt appropriate penalties for violations of such rules, to be administered by the person at the institution responsible forthe sanctioning of such organizations.(a) Such penalties at community colleges and state universities may include the imposition of fines; the withholding of diplomasor transcripts pending compliance with the rules or pending payment of fines; and the imposition of probation, suspension, ordismissal.(b) In the case of an organization at a community college or state university that authorizes hazing in blatant disregard of suchrules, penalties may also include rescission of permission for that organization to operate on campus property or to otherwiseoperate under the sanction of the institution.(c) All penalties imposed under the authority of this subsection shall be in addition to any penalty imposed for violation of any ofthe criminal laws of this state or for violation of any other rule of the institution to which the violator may be subject.(9) Rules adopted pursuant hereto shall apply to acts conducted on or off campus whenever such acts are deemed to constitutehazing.(10) Upon approval of the anti-hazing policy of a community college or state university and of the rules and penalties adoptedpursuant thereto, the institution shall provide a copy of such policy, rules, and penalties to each student enrolled in thatinstitution and shall require the inclusion of such policy, rules, and penalties in the bylaws of every organization operating underthe sanction of the institution
Stetson University’s Values• Stetson values the development of the whole person committed to engaging and building life- long connections with the larger world through Personal Growth, Intellectual Development and Global Citizenship. To that end, the University fosters policies, practices, and modes of inquiry to support and explore these values areas. Personal Growth encompasses the understanding that no single formula defines the journey to personal success, but that passion, the drive to increase self-knowledge, and the quest for balance are important tools in this process. Intercultural competence, religious and spiritual exploration, self-awareness, and wellness are components of personal growth.•• Intellectual Development is a commitment from the University and from students to achieve excellence in academics, to foster the spirit of exploration that drives an engaged and active mind, to cultivate rigorous methods of academic inquiry and integrity, and to value creativity and professionalism.• Global Citizenship is an important part of Stetson’s mission to prepare students to be informed, active, and engaged citizens of both local communities and the world. Global citizenship includes University and individual commitments to community engagement, diversity and inclusion, environmental responsibility, and social justice.
Myths and Facts• Hazing is a plague in our society. Incidents are on the rise – particularly among younger and younger kids committing increasingly more violent acts. Take a look at some statistics:• 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year; 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing.• 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.• Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are hazing practices common across all types of student groups.• 40% of athletes who reported being involved in hazing behaviors report that a coach or advisor was aware of the activity; 22% report that the coach was involved.• 2 in 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus. More than 1 in 5 report that they witnessed hazing personally.• In 95% of cases where students identified their experience as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials.• Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.• 36% of students say they would not report hazing primarily because "theres no one to tell," and 27% feel that adults wont handle it right.• As of February 12, 2010, the number of recorded hazing/pledging/rushing-related deaths in fraternities and sororities stands at 96 – 90 males and 6 females.• 82% of deaths from hazing involve alcohol. Data cited from the national study Hazing in View: Students at Risk conducted by Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Mary Madden, Ph.D. from the University of Maine. The full report of both the pilot and complete national study are available at: http://www.hazingstudy.org/
Ask yourself…Make the following inquiries of each activity to determine whether or notit is hazing.– Is alcohol involved?– Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what theyre being asked to do?– Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?– Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?– Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official?– Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing.
AlternativesSome organizations find it challenging to create activities and practices not centralized aroundhazing activities. Here is a list of alternative activities that you could easily implement within anyorganization that aligns with its central values.FOSTER UNITY: Have the members of your group/organization work together on a communityservice project. Visit a ropes course to work on group cohesiveness, communication andleadership skills. In fraternities and sororities with chapter houses, the group might worktogether on a chapter room improvement project. Another option for fostering unity withouthazing is for the members to work together to plan a social or athletic event with another group.DEVELOP PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITIES: Have pledges discuss chapter weaknesses such as poorrush, apathy, and poor scholarship, and plan solutions that the active chapter might then adopt.DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Encourage participation in school/campus activities outside of theorganization. Encourage new members to get involved in organizational committees and/orleadership roles. Develop a peer mentor program within your group for leadership roles. Inviteschool/community/business leaders into the organization to share their experiences.
AlternativesINSTILL A SENSE OF MEMBERSHIP: Plan special events when the entire chapter gets together toattend a movie, play, or church service. Plan a "membership circle" when actives and pledgesparticipate in a candlelight service in which each person has a chance to express whatmembership means to them.PROMOTE SCHOLARSHIP: Take advantage of your school/college/ university academic andtutoring services. Designate study hours for members of your organization. Invitecollege/university or community experts to discuss test-taking skills, study methods, timemanagement etc.BUILD AWARENESS OF CHAPTER HISTORY: Invite an older member to talk about the chaptersearly days, its founding, special chapter traditions, and prominent former members.KNOWLEDGE OF THE GREEK SYSTEM: Invite leaders of IFC, Panhellenic, PanHellenic, and/orAdvisers to speak on Greek governance including their goals and expectations of the Greeksystem.
AlternativesAID CAREER GOALS: Use college resources for seminars on resume writing, job interview skills; variouscareers.INVOLVE PLEDGES IN THE COMMUNITY: Get involved with campus and community service projects.Plan fund-raisers for local charitable organizations.IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH OTHER GREEKS: Encourage new members to plan social or service projectswith other pledge classes; work together to plan joint social or service activities.
Confidential ReportingStetson University encourages all faculty, staff, andstudents to report all criminal incidents, threats,serious injuries, property loss, accidents, safetyhazards, etc., to the Office of Public Safety. Toreport a crime or emergency, call Public Safety 386-822-7300. Trained dispatchers and officers areavailable 24 hours a day to respond to emergencycalls. In the event of an immediate threat, danger,injury, or crime in progress, dial 911 for assistancefrom DeLand police, fire, or emergency medicalpersonnel.
ConsequencesThe media is full of stories reporting one of the worst possible consequences of hazing: death. Whiledeath is a horrendous possible outcome, there are far more examples of less severe but still life alteringconsequences. One study has shown that 71% of those who are hazed suffer from negativeconsequences. These consequences may include:• Physical, emotional, and/or mental instability• Sleep deprivation• Loss of sense of control and empowerment• Decline in grades and coursework• Relationships with friends, significant others, and family suffer• Post-traumatic stress syndrome• Loss of respect for and interest in being part of the organization• Erosion of trust within the group members• Illness or hospitalization with additional effects on family and friends• Those who are leading or participating in the hazing may unintentionally trigger the memory of a traumatic event in the victim’s past that could result in devastating consequences. Someone who has been hazed is more likely to haze others in the future.
Community Standard Consequences• Disciplinary Action, which can include suspension or expulsion• Loss of Organizational Recognition• Athletic team suspension• State and Local Legal Action• Arrest
National Hazing Prevention Week• National Hazing Prevention Week is in September.• Stetson’s student organization, Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol, also known as GAMMA will be sponsoring this year’s National Hazing Prevention Week initiatives. – Monday, September 24, 2012 • Movie in the Stetson room with a discussion following, led by the Assistant Dean of Students, Rosalie Carpenter. • Tabling in front of the Stetson CUB where you can sign a pledge against hazing, pick up informational pamphlets, and buttons to wear supporting anti-hazing. – Tuesday, September 25, 2012 • Tabling in front of the Stetson CUB where you can sign a pledge against hazing, pick up informational pamphlets, and buttons to wear supporting anti-hazing. – Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Hazing Prevention with Vice President Kandus and Nate Burke, Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Involvement in the CUB Faculty Lounge from 12:00pm-1:00pm – Thursday, September 27, 2012 • Tabling in front of the Stetson CUB where you can sign a pledge against hazing, pick up informational pamphlets, and buttons to wear supporting anti-hazing.