Consequences of Hazing
For the person being hazed
The media is full of stories reporting one of the worst possible consequences of hazing: death. While death is a horrendous possible outcome, there are far more examples of less severe but still life-altering consequences. One study has shown that 71% of those who are hazed suffer from negative consequences. These consequences may include but are not limited to:
Physical, emotional, and/or mental instability
Loss of sense of control and empowerment
Decline in grades and coursework
Relationships with friends, significant others, and family suffer
Post-traumatic stress syndrome
Loss of respect for and interest in being part of the organization
Erosion of trust within the group members
Illness or hospitalization with additional effects on family and friends
Those who are leading or participating in the hazing may unintentionally trigger the memory of a traumatic event in the victim’s past that could result in devastating consequences.
Someone who has been hazed is more likely to haze others in the future.
For the person doing the hazing
Those who are accused of engaging in the hazing behaviors may face:
- Legal actions up to and including jail time and fines:
The state of Massachusetts enacted an anti–hazing law in 1985. Those who are accused of engaging in hazing behaviors may face legal actions up to and including jail time and fines of not more than $3,000. In addition, victims of hazing may pursue monetary damage in civil court from individuals and groups involved.
- College discipline:
The College Handbook prohibits hazing. Those who are found responsible for hazing face sanctions which may range from participating in educational programming to separation from the College (suspension or expulsion).
- Membership and organizational sanctions:
An organization found responsible for hazing may lose housing (where applicable) or lose recognition from the College. Inter/national organizations for fraternities and sororities may impose membership sanctions (probation, suspension or expulsion) and those that receive housing, scholarships, or financial assistance through the national organization may lose all of those benefits.
- Personal impact:
In addition to being accountable to the organization, the College, the state criminal process, and civil litigation, those that haze may experience the following:
- Decline in grades and coursework
- Relationships with friends, significant others, and family suffer
- Loss of connection to alums through the organization
- Media scrutiny
- Damage to one's personal reputation
- Warped sense of leadership
- Feelings of shame and guilt
For the organization doing the hazing
By participating in hazing, not only are individuals affected, but the organization also suffers. Individuals and their organization are accountable to the national and/or international offices as well as institutional and local governing boards. In addition to the organization being shut down, the following outcomes may result when members of an organization participate in hazing:
- Loss of reputation within the Babson community and the national community
- Loss of recognition for the organization and/or other privileges revoked
- Civil damages may be levied against the organization
- Chapter officers may be held responsible
- A gradual erosion of the true meaning and values of the organization
Individuals and their organization are accountable to the national and/or international offices as well as institutional and local governing boards.