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Scholarship: Journal of College and Character Volume 18, 2017 – Issue 1

Journal of College and Character

Volume 18, 2017; 1

Peer Reviewed Articles

It Happens, Just Not to Me: Hazing on a Canadian University Campus

Pages 46-63 | Published online: 16 Feb 2017
Kyle Massey () is a doctoral candidate in higher education leadership at the University of Texas at Austin and a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Jennifer Massey () is the director of student life at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Research on hazing in higher education has primarily focused on Greek-letter organizations and athletes, with little research beyond these two subsets of college students. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the attitudes of students from the general student population at a Canadian university with regard to hazing and identify how students justify and legitimate hazing activities. The theories of groupthink and cognitive dissonance are used to interpret the results which are presented in three themes: (a) It isn’t hazing or it doesn’t count as hazing, (b) It is hazing, but it’s okay, and (c) It happens, just not to me.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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