How Much Do You Know About Hazing?

Test your knowledge about hazing at Babson College and the expectations of Babson College students with our hazing quiz.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please choose the answer you find most appropriate. After testing your knowledge, be sure to ASK questions about any issue or concern. What is most important to the faculty and staff at Babson is that you are: (1) able to participate in campus activities free of concerns about hazing; and (2) aware of the laws, policies, and expectations regarding this important issue.

True or False?

1. It is not considered hazing if a prospective/new member willingly participates in an activity and signs a waiver of liability stating this fact.

True or False

2. If I anonymously report that hazing is occurring, the College may not be able to take action.

True or False

3. It is difficult to instill a sense of membership within a group without hazing.

True or False

4. It can not be considered hazing if an organization’s leaders are not informed about, or involved in, a hazing activity that a small group of members organize.

True or False

Multiple Choice

5. According to State law and College policy, which of the following would not be considered hazing?

a. an organization plans activities for new members between 12:00 am – 3:00 am

b. an organization requires new members to learn the history and values of the organization, interview alumni of the group, and then conduct a public presentation demonstrating their knowledge

c. an organization requires new members to perform a skit or dance in public

d. none of the above

e. all of the above

6. What can happen at Babson College if an allegation of hazing is made?

a. a police officer may contact students to investigate the incident

b. a criminal charge may be filed by the Office of the State Attorney General

c. the collee's judicial process may be initiated

d. none of the above

e. all of the above

7. In which of the following venues can hazing occur?

a. the military

b. athletic teams and sport clubs

c. student organizations

d. a performing arts club

e. b and c

f. all of the above

8. Which of the following is an acceptable defense against a charge of hazing?

a. the consent of the victim had been obtained

b. the activity was not a part of an official organizational event

c. the activity was not done as a condition of membership

d. none of the above

e. all of the above

9. Possible outcomes or sanctions of the College’s judicial process for hazing are:

a. a reprimand

b. disciplinary probation (i.e., a defined period of time during which any subsequent violation of the Student Conduct Code will result in serious consideration given to suspension or expulsion).

c. suspension (i.e., separation from the College for a specified period)

d. none of the above

e. all of the above

10. If I am concerned that I, or someone I care about, is being hazed by an organization I should contact:

a. my organization advisor and/or coach

b. the hazing prevention hotline

c. Babson College Public Safety (781) 239-5555

d. The anonymous hazing report form »

e. any and/or all of the above


Answer Key

1. False

Reference the Massachusetts State Law or the Babson College Student Handbook for the definition of hazing and how it pertains to the definition of willing participation.

2. True

When it comes to reporting hazing, remember this: Reporting an incident of hazing is not about getting

people in trouble – it is about keeping people safe. If you are truly concerned about the personal health and safety of someone, we know that you would do anything to get them out of harm’s way. Reporting a hazing activity to Babson College Public Safety is the best way to do this. However, reporting hazing without providing your name limits the College’s ability to stop the behavior. Reporting a hazing incident through the school's anonymous reporting form is considered ‘anonymous reporting.’ Providing limited information with no contact information may not be enough to prevent hazing activities or hold individuals and organizations accountable.

3. False.

It is not difficult to instill a sense of membership within a group without hazing. In fact, it is the minimum expectation of all students and organizations at Babson College that membership and affiliation will be developed without hazing. One way to test whether or not an activity is hazing is to ask the question, “How does this activity contribute to a new member’s understanding of what it means to be a part of our organization?” If the answer is: “to bring the new members together…” Or, “to increase their commitment to our group…” then read Babson College’s definition of hazing to make sure that the activity doesn’t violate the policy. The faculty and staff at Babson College believe that all students should be able to participate in campus activities free of concerns of hazing. There are many ways to accomplish group commitment without engaging in hazing activities. Small businesses, large corporations, and non-profit organizations concerned about these same issues have found multiple ways to increase commitment levels and create a sense of ‘team’ without hazing. For ideas contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Athletics, and/or the Hazing Prevention Task Force.

4. False

Reference the Massachusetts State Law or the Babson College Student Handbook for the definition of hazing and how it pertains to the actions of individual members of the group on the entire organization.

5. B

Organizations that are accepting new members may ask the new members to learn the history of the

organization and present this information to other members of the organization (including alumni members). But, the process of learning and sharing the information can not demean, disgrace, degrade, or cause discomfort to the new members. Also, it may not occur at times that would interrupt normal patterns of sleep.

6. E

All of the above choices are correct. If an allegation of hazing can be substantiated, (a) members of Babson College Public Safety will contact students to investigate the incident; (b) The State Attorney General’s office may file criminal charges under the Hazing law, and the College may pursue judicial charges against individuals and/or the organization. Babson College treats hazing allegations very seriously and will take the actions necessary to stop hazing and hold individuals and organizations accountable for their actions.

7. F

Hazing can occur in any type of organization with any type of structure. Members of all organizations must be informed about the College’s Student Code of Conduct and the state and federal laws regarding hazing.

8. D

There is no acceptable defense against hazing.

9. E

The Community Standards process is completed on a case by case basis; therefore it is difficult to say what

sanction an individual would receive if found in violation of the Hazing policy. One thing is certain,

regardless of responsibility the Community Standards process will try to help charged students and organizations understand the decisions that he/she made and ways to deter this behavior in the future.

10. D

Reference How to Report a Hazing Incident.