Kyle Massey (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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.