For individuals and organizations, hazing has no place at WPI. WPI takes hazing prevention seriously. On this page, you'll find a lot of resources to help you as an individual or as an organization prevent hazing from occurring.
National Hazing Study Statistics
In a national study, seven out of 10 students report they experienced at least one hazing behavior to join or maintain membership on the team or in a social Greek-letter organization.
What to do if you witness or experience hazing
- Refuse to participate. Don't allow hazing to go on.
- Expect respectful treatment. Stand up to anyone who tries to haze you.
- Make a change in your organization's new member program.
- Report it. Contact Emily Perlow, Director of Student Activities at 508.831.5961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call the Hazing Hotline anonymously. 1-888-NOT-HAZE
Please note picture on right: Winning poster of the 2009 Hazing Education and Prevention Week poster competition designed by Kyle Horn.
- any act that compromises the dignity of another;
- causes embarrassment or shame to another;
- causes another to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule;
- sleep deprivation;
- call downs;
- manual servitude;
- degrading names;
- limiting access to a new member's friends;
- taking away student IDs, watches, wallets, or cell phones;
- wake ups using loud sounds or music;
- forcing new members to wear the same attire all week long;
- exposure to the elements; asking new members to steal, destroy, or vandalize property;
- forcing new members to sleep in the basement or on the floor for a week;
- limiting contact with people outside of the organization;
- kidnapping new members;
- treating individuals as lesser.
Hazing Education and Prevention Week
Look for details about Hazing Prevention Week in November!