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Thursday seminar on hazing: Moderator

The Constant Threat of Hazing

Hazing is a problem plaguing more than half of the nation’s fraternities and sororities, according to a survey by University of Maine researchers. Join us on November 16th to learn more.

Record Date/Time: November 16, 2017,

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Hazing is a bizarre and sometimes deadly safety problem on campuses nationwide.

Rigorous safeguards are needed to prevent occurrences and to keep a persistent culture of hazing from taking hold at an institution. Like sexual assault, hazing can be a problem particularly troublesome in fraternities and sports teams, as it often flares up in organizations considered to have high status on campus. Moreover, campus professionals combat hazing in ways that are far too lenient for the felony or misdemeanor crimes that can result from increased alcohol levels, sexual assaults or other activities.

When college athletic teams engage in hazing, about a quarter of all coaches is aware of the problem, but often do not step in to stop the practice until parents become aware of the practice and raise the issue. By then, prevention is too late.

Simply stated, hazing is a menace unlikely to evaporate on its own. Once campuses learn of the presence of hazing at one social group or team, chances are a culture of hazing is already present. At this point the hazard must be addressed by campus law officers, administrators and chapter advisers.

This webinar will discuss how to:

  • Teach your students how to conduct positive rites of passage.
  • Help professionals intervene when hazing is present.
  • Understand the seriousness of hazing and the consequences that should follow such acts.
  • Know when it is necessary to involve outside law enforcement about a possible criminal hazing incident.

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Guest Speaker: Hank Nuwer, Journalism Professor at Franklin College (Indiana)

Hank Nuwer is a nationally renowned speaker and writer for HazingPrevention.Org and is also a published author of five books on the topic of hazing.

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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