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Hazing Education Resource Page


This webpage has been developed to provide essential information concerning hazing awarwness and prevention.  This information is made available for students, faculty/staff, parents, alumni, and community partners who all can contribute to hazing prevention efforts.   If you have any questions or concerns relative to hazing issues, contact the Student Union & Activities Office at 337-475-5609 or email studentlife@mcneese.edu.

Hazing Policy
Anti-Hazing Policy
Hazing & Other Inappropriate Activity Reporting Form

What is hazing?
Hazing is defined here as any activity sponsored by or any method of initiation into a group, team or organization which is likely to cause, or does cause mental or physical discomfort or embarrassment, or places any person into demeaning or physically dangerous situation.

Who can perform hazing acts?
Hazing can be conducted by any person, but it is normally attributed to acceptance or entrance into a group, organization, or team.  Sometimes hazing is associated with traditions or customs connected to a group, team, or organization.  In a college environment, hazing happens across a range of student groups.

Hazing Experience Statistics
Type of Group Percentage of students Experienced Hazing
Athletics 74%
Social Fraternity or Sorority 73%
Club Sports 64%
Performing Arts 56%
Service Fraternity 50%
Intramural Team 49%
Recreational Club 42%
Academic Club 28%
Honor Society 20%
Other Organization 30%
Hazing in View: College Students at Risk, Allen/Madden (2008) via stophazing.org

Other Notable Student Experience Hazing Statistics
 
  • 26% participate in drinking games
  • 17% students sing or chant in a public situation
  • 12% associate with specific people and not others
  • 12% drink large amounts of alcohol to the point of getting sick or passing out
  • 11% are deprived of sleep
  • 10% are screamed, yelled, or cursed at by other members
  • 25% of hazing experiences, students believed coaches and/or advisors were aware of the activities
  • 25% of hazing experiences, students reported that alumni were present
  • 48% and 26% of students speak about their hazing experiences with their peers and family, respectively

Hazing in View: College Students at Risk, Allen/Madden (2008) via stophazing.org


What are typical hazing acts I should look out for?

  • Any activity that might bring physical or psychological harm to an individual or animal.
  • Paddling, beating, slapping, branding, burning with a cigarette, or any such activity which is life threatening to the individual or are intended to hurt or to humiliate physically or mentally or otherwise permitting under graduate or alumni members to hit any person.
  • All forms of physical activity not part of an organized, voluntary athletic contest, or not specifically directed toward constructive work.
  • Required members to wear any degrading or uncomfortable garments.
  • Depriving member of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (8 hours per day minimum), decent and edible meals, or access to means of maintaining body cleanliness.
  • Activities that interfere in any way with any individual's academic efforts; e.g.-causing excessive fatigue, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time.
  • Activities that interfere with an individual's employment or family obligations.
  • Requiring members to consume alcohol and/or drugs to provoke nausea or inebriation.
  • Forcing, coercing, or permitting students to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances such as raw meat, raw eggs, salt water, onions, etc. which is distasteful or designed to provoke nausea.
  • Having substances such as eggs, paint, honey, etc., thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the body of any person.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that makes an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
  • Kidnaps, road trips, etc., which are conducted in a manner that endangers the health or safety of any person.
  • Subjecting an individual to cruel and unusual psychological conditions for any reason.
  • Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any of the above named types of activities, or in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual's genuine morals and/or beliefs, excessive fatigue, public profanity, indecent lewd conduct, or sexual gestures in public.
  • The use of obscenities and vulgarities in dress, language, or action.
  • Any form of verbal harassment, any action or situation which subjugates an individual to a condition where he/she might tend to lose self-respect or suffer injury to personal or religious values.
  • Coercing a member to commit any action, which is in violation of the University's Code of Student Conduct.

What should I do if I am knowledgeable of hazing?
If you are knowledgeable or even suspect that hazing acts have occurred, or are planned to occur, contact the Student Union & Activities Office at 337-475-5609 or the University Services Office at 337-475-5706.  You can also submit a report to the Hazing & Other Inappropriate Activity Form.  You may elect to remain anonymous when submitting your report.

What happens if individuals are guilty of hazing acts or participation?
The University prohibits any form of hazing.  Hazing in state colleges and universities is a violation of the law and is punishable by a fine or imprisonment (Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1801.1) as well as by dismissal from the University. Hazing is also a violation of the McNeese Code of Student Conduct Article 3.14.  Violations of law will be handled in accordance with the criminal court system.

Does the University offer training for students?
Students that are members of student organizations, by law, are required to receive at least one hour of annual training for hazing awareness and prevention.  Students who are members of organizations with higher risks receive supplemental training and development provided by the University and other outside sources.  
 


Helpful University Resources
Student Health Services - 337-475-5748
Counseling Center - 337-475-5136
University Police - 337-475-5711
Title IX/ Diversity - 337-475-5428


Online Resources
Stop Hazing: www.stophazing.org
Hazing Prevention: www.hazingprevention.org