Hazing News

NIC encourages students to call 911


From WFMY News 2 

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.


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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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