The Constant Threat of Hazing
Record Date/Time: November 16, 2017,
Hazing is a bizarre and sometimes deadly safety problem on campuses nationwide.
Rigorous safeguards are needed to prevent occurrences and to keep a persistent culture of hazing from taking hold at an institution. Like sexual assault, hazing can be a problem particularly troublesome in fraternities and sports teams, as it often flares up in organizations considered to have high status on campus. Moreover, campus professionals combat hazing in ways that are far too lenient for the felony or misdemeanor crimes that can result from increased alcohol levels, sexual assaults or other activities.
When college athletic teams engage in hazing, about a quarter of all coaches is aware of the problem, but often do not step in to stop the practice until parents become aware of the practice and raise the issue. By then, prevention is too late.
Simply stated, hazing is a menace unlikely to evaporate on its own. Once campuses learn of the presence of hazing at one social group or team, chances are a culture of hazing is already present. At this point the hazard must be addressed by campus law officers, administrators and chapter advisers.
This webinar will discuss how to:
- Teach your students how to conduct positive rites of passage.
- Help professionals intervene when hazing is present.
- Understand the seriousness of hazing and the consequences that should follow such acts.
- Know when it is necessary to involve outside law enforcement about a possible criminal hazing incident.
Guest Speaker: Hank Nuwer, Journalism Professor at Franklin College (Indiana)
Hank Nuwer is a nationally renowned speaker and writer for HazingPrevention.Org and is also a published author of five books on the topic of hazing.
In 2007, a teenage novice died after being beaten up by older wrestlers, with the stable master subsequently jailed for five years over the abuse.
That case exposed a culture of bullying and hazing within the ancient sport’s strict hierarchy.
In 2016, a stable master and wrestler were made to pay nearly $300,000 (£230,000) to a wrestler allegedly abused so badly that he lost sight in one eye, according to reports.
Nine-time grand champion Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji, 33, has apologised for “causing trouble”.
The alleged victim, Takanoiwa, was hospitalised for several days, the Japan Sumo Association has said.
Japanese media report the incident occurred during a drinking session.
Sumo association officials told AFP news agency that exactly what happened remains unconfirmed.
Takanoiwa, who is also Mongolian, is reported to have suffered a fractured skull. The 27-year-old is part of a so-called ‘stable’ led by Takanohana, a former grand champion who reported the incident to police, according to Kyodo news agency.
Harumafuji and his stable master, Isegahama, were questioned by association executives on Tuesday.
The grand champion apologised publicly but did not confirm the circumstances of the incident.
“As for Takanoiwa’s injuries, I apologise deeply for causing trouble for stable master Takanohana, people affiliated with Takanohana stable, the Sumo Association and my stable master,” he told reporters.
The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)developed their framework after a pledge at Louisiana State University died in September following a hazing ritual that involved alcohol.
The framework consists of three resolutions:
The first is the Medical Good Samaritan Policy. This encourages students to call 911 if they or someone they know needs medical attention.
The second is Baseline Health and Safety Programming. Pledges would have to go through a series of classes or talks. They would hear more about the dangers of like hazing, alcohol, drugs, and sexual abuse.
The third resolution is Enhanced Health and Safety policies to reduce the frequency and volume of alcohol.
For example, Hard alcohol (above 15%ABV) could only be served at registered events by a licensed third-party vendor. Campuses would have to set a limit on the number of fraternity events that can have alcohol. And during a social event involving alcohol, there would have to be a guest to member ratio of no more than 3:1.
The NIC will test these new procedures at some pilot campuses in the spring and then come fall 2018 more campuses will follow suit.