Hazing Education Resources

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 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

  1. Refuse to participate. Don't allow hazing to go on.
  2. Expect respectful treatment. Stand up to anyone who tries to haze you.
  3. Make a change in your organization's new member program.
  4. Report it. Contact Emily Perlow, Director of Student Activities at 508.831.5961 or eperlow@wpi.edu.
  5. 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.

Hazing —

  • 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;
  • line-ups;
  • sleep deprivation;
  • call downs;
  • interviews;
  • calisthenics;
  • manual servitude;
  • degrading names;
  • blindfolding;
  • 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!