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HPO Hazing [Novak] Institute influences SUNY Geneseo web site:

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Stand Up, Geneseo’s positive student conduct initiative, introduced its new website on Monday. The site provides students with information and support regarding campus issues related to student welfare.

The content featured on the site was developed by a steering committee of campus administrators and students and addresses sexual assault awareness, harassment prevention, hazing prevention, mental health and suicide prevention, bias-related incidents and alcohol and drug use. Students can use the site to submit reports of misconduct to University Police and to Tamara Kenney, assistant dean of students for student conduct. Additionally, students can submit reports of positive encounters if they witness a student standing up for someone else.

Kenney and Lauren Taraska, coordinator of student organizations and campus activities, co-chaired the steering committee for the website. They developed the idea in the summer of 2010 during the Hazing Institute – a program held at Geneseo that teaches interdisciplinary participants how to handle hazing on college campuses.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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