What Is Hazing?

Students, faculty and staff often struggle to identify if an activity is hazing.

Questions to consider in evaluating an activity include but are not limited to:

  1. Is alcohol involved?

  2. Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they're being asked to do?

  3. Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?

  4. Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?

  5. Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor, or College official?

  6. Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing.

Signs of Hazing and What to Do

Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them, regardless of a person's willingness to participate.

Safety and well–being of students is everyone's concern. Students should be treated with respect and dignity. Hazing is inconsistent with Babson's core values and will not be tolerated. However, to be effective in combating hazing, everyone must be a partner – parents, family, friends, advisors, faculty, roommates and coaches.

All members of our community must look and listen for signs of hazing and report any inappropriate behavior or concerns about activities. Common signs that may indicate someone is being subjected to hazing include but are not limited to:

  • Cutting, branding, labeling, or shaving of parts of the body

  • Required “greeting” of members in a specific manner when seen on campus

  • Required walking in groups to class, Trim, etc.

  • Required carrying of certain items

  • Loss of voice due to having to yell

  • Performing of special tasks for the members or others (cleaning a group's living/meeting area, airport pick ups, serving as designated driver at all hours of the day and night, etc.)

  • Required attendance at late night work sessions, resulting in sleep deprivation

  • Not coming home for days or weeks at a time

  • Not being able to sit down or soreness from paddling

  • Physical exhaustion from multiple sit ups, running, or other calisthenics

  • Appearance of mental exhaustion or withdrawal from normal lifestyle; change in personality

  • Appearance of sadness or expressions of inferiority

  • Withdrawal from normal activities or friends

  • Being dropped off at an unknown location and made to find the way back to campus