As we discussed writing this blog post, I did a simple internet search to understand what kinds of things are currently being said about hazing. I had to close out of my browser. Some of the stories are true, some are exaggerated, yet they all make us sad. We could go on and on about the horror stories being told, but we won’t even go there. Sororities are about sisterhood; hazing is completely contradictory of this core value.
Let’s start by defining hazing. National Panhellenic Council defines hazing as :
“Hazing is defined as any action or situation with or without consent which recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a chapter or colony of an NPC member fraternity. All member groups will affirm their policies denouncing hazing and inform their membership of this NPC position denouncing hazing through mailings and through their inter/national magazines.”
Now, that doesn’t mean that a mandatory study night for ladies on academic probation is automatically considered hazing because they would prefer to do something else with their time.
It DOES mean that if your gut is telling you something is not right, you may need to give it some more thought and consider your options. For example, if all of your sisters are telling you that you have to be intoxicated to go to the fraternity date party, and forcing you to drink, then you may want to give the hazing hotline a call or speak to your school’s greek advisor.
As we have continuously said, hazing is 100% not tolerated. You should never and we repeat, NEVER be hazed in any way. National Panhellenic Council, each national sorority, your school and the individual chapter should all have rules against it.
If you hear a sorority hazes, confirm your sources and find out for yourself. Sometimes they are just rumors. Remember when we discussed dirty rushing? Other sororities may be trying to sabotage their competition. On the other hand, you shouldn’t simply brush off every allegation. If you find the hazing allegation to be true, you should report it to your school’s greek advisor and choose not to join that chapter.
Strides are continuously being made to ensure no incidents of hazing happen. Negative experiences are not supposed to create bonds, positive ones are. There are many groups working together to guarantee every sorority woman has a positive experience.
Now, if you find yourself a victim of hazing, you must immediately take action. There is a toll-free hazing hotline you can call to anonymously report any incidents. The number is (888) NOT-HAZE, or (888) 668-4293. Of course, you can also go to your campus’s Greek advisor. If you feel the situation is not to that level, we suggest you talk to whomever has made you feel like you were a victim of hazing. Sometimes it’s just a miscommunication, and your sister may have thought you were joking around. However, if the behavior continues, or the situation is too big of a deal to just sit on, then pick up the phone!
If you have specific questions about hazing, let us know and we can help find the answers. You can also check out this message from last year’s NPC chairman.
Casey, Kate, & Rachel
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