Hazing is a prevalent behavior on college campuses that is harmful and can be dangerous, yet remains understudied in sociological literature. While research demonstrates that a majority of undergraduate students who are members of clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing during college, over half of these students do not consider themselves to have been hazed, indicating a gap between how students experience and understand hazing. To understand this disjuncture, we conducted qualitative interviews with undergraduate students who belong to college organizations where research demonstrates hazing may occur: fraternities, sororities, club sports teams, ROTC, and marching band. Our research findings indicate that participants draw on “techniques of neutralization” to excuse or justify hazing which helps create a university “hazing culture” whereby these behaviors become normalized and pervasive, making university programmatic interventions particularly challenging. Based on our findings, we make recommendations for universities and policymakers who are increasingly integrating anti-hazing programming and policies to address the culture of hazing on U.S. college campuses.–Deviant Behavior published “‘That’s Just What You Do’: Applying the Techniques of Neutralization to College Hazing” by Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander and Associate Professor Tara Opsal.
Only 4 fraternities still not under suspension at once fraternity-thriving Franklin and Marshall. Phi Kappa Tau latest to be hit by the book for hazing
Here is the link re possible felony in death of Mr. Coffey
Moderator: Here is the link. Wonder why it took an entire year to reach this choice?
Here is an excerpt:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says charges will not be filed in connection to the death of a University at Buffalo student last year.
According to District Attorney John Flynn’s office, the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazan has been closed.
Serafin-Bazan’s death was suspected to be connected to a hazing incident which occurred at an off-campus University at Buffalo Sigma Pi fraternity house located on Custer Street in Buffalo.
Mrs. Ev Piazza, mother of Tim who was tragically killed in a hazing at Penn State, wrote this in social media: “This is an absolute travesty of justice! Sebastian was brutally hazed, which caused his death. People ran like cockroaches in daylight when 911 was called for him. If they didn’t do anything wrong then why did they run? Absolutely infuriating for parents who have lost a child due to such cruelty and we are heartbroken for his parents, family and friends that this is not recognized for the crime that it is!”
Moderator: More to come here as I search for facts regarding the dropping of this case. –Hank Nuwer