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SUNY Binghamton VP addresses students on hazing rumors via letter to paper

Letter attached:

Letter from the SUNY-Bing. vice president for student affairs

To the Editor:

I have recently heard that some groups or individuals may be placing our students in harm’s way with forms of hazing.

The safety of our students will always be a major priority at Binghamton and hazing in any form is a violation of New York State Law and the University hazing policy.

All students must understand the subtleties of hazing. Hazing need not be a forced or coerced activity. When a “suggestion” or “opportunity” to do something you otherwise would not do is made, that is hazing. You do not have to follow any suggestion where you feel forced, coerced or threatened to do anything or to be deprived of something. For example, if you are told “it is a tradition that you shave your head” to belong to this organization, no matter what organization it is, you don’t have to do it!

If you believe you are being hazed or you witness a hazing incident, report it to staff in Campus Life, Residential Life, University Police, Judicial Affairs or Student Affairs.

It is up to you to help end hazing activities. You must police each other as well as yourselves. This letter is a clear warning that there are consequences for any organization found to be involved in hazing activities.

If you have a question about a practice, ask us. We will help you.

I hope all students will act responsibly.

Sincerely,

Rodger Summers,

Vice President for Student Affairs

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--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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