Hazing Hazing is an initiation process involving harassment. This action could, or may, intentionally or unintentionally endanger a student’s admission to an organization. Unfortunately hazing has been a common practice across college campuses. Many agree that hazing has no place on campus and should be eliminated. Plain and simple, hazing can be dangerous! Not only does it kill innocent people, it mocks, embarrasses and tortures them. This causes physical, mental, and emotional harm or distress. There are anti-hazing laws in every state except Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, and Vermont. Hazing expels and jails people. It also closes chapters and raises organizational dues. There are no winners in hazing. This tradition that teaches “respect” for the group and its members should be replaced with another tradition, education. Actions of hazing include: keeping dates and time of initiation a secret, making pledges use separate entrances to the house, paddling or striking, telephone duty, treasure hunts, road trips, forcing exercise, forced to carry items such as bricks, rocks, matches, coins, books, paddles, forced to eat or drink disgusting materials, working parties, preventing personal hygiene, physical harassment such as pushing, cursing or shouting, attending in a Hell week activities before being initiated, practice periods of silence, and any other activity. All of these may result in physical, emotional, or mental distress. Here are a few terrible incidents due to hazing. Two fraternity pledges were killed in Louisiana State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both died of alcohol poisoning after fraternity members supplied them with alcohol and coerced them to drink. “They drank themselves to death.” A student at Texas University, died after the Cowboys “picnic.” He drowned in a nearby creek with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. The …

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