Babson College Hazing Prevention Initiative
A group of Babson College student leaders and staff were convened as a Hazing Prevention Task Force in Spring 2011 to develop an environmental strategy for raising awareness about hazing and engaging the campus community in dialogue about and action related to hazing prevention. This task force was formed by individuals and departments committed to cultivating a community of care, one in which hazing is not welcomed.
The goals of the group were to examine recent hazing issues; share current practices related to hazing prevention; research best practices across the nation related to hazing prevention; and to educate all members of our community about what hazing is and how to report hazing concerns/incidents. As a result, a number of hazing prevention initiatives were implemented by departments throughout the Undergraduate School including, Athletics, Orientation, Residence Life, and Student Activities and Leadership. This web site is a direct result of these efforts.
Key points to know:
- Hazing is a violation of Babson College policy and MA state law.
- Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
- Hazing can cause significant harm to individuals, groups and the College.
- Hazing occurs in fraternities, sororities, and athletic teams, but also extends to performance groups, and other organizations.
- More than half of college students involved in clubs, teams and/or organizations have experienced hazing.
- Groups that haze often view it as positive and necessary.
- Groups that haze can achieve the positive outcomes they seek from hazing through non-hazing means.
- There are several channels available to students, faculty, staff and parents to report hazing incidents. Report an incident here.