Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question is inspired by National Hazing Prevention Week:

47% of students come to college already
having experienced hazing.

Have you?

Why are students willing to be hazed,
and how can it be prevented?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below).

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  1. Cricket Garancosky says:

    I was not hazed before or during college (I graduate in December). I don’t know if a lot of hazing goes on at my school but I did not go Greek (which is where the stereotype for hazing is from) and I would not and will not tolerate stupidity…So if it happened, I avoided the situation entirely. I think students are willing to be hazed to fit in, and to prevent it, I think students need to realize that they are better than that…and if you have to be hazed to fit in, then wherever you are fitting in at is not a very good group of people.

  2. Kuei-Ti Lu says:

    I was hazed before senior high school, but I was not willing to be. Every time I was hazed, I told the teacher. If nothing had been improved, I would tell my parents, and they would appear in my school, warning the students who hazed me and teachers who did nothing. One time, they even informed the principal, which made the hazing disappear in one day.

  3. Valentyn says:

    I was never hazed, but I’ve heard of it being a big problem. I think some people are willing to deal with it, if it’s not too intense, because they don’t want to cause any trouble. I know that’s how I usually handle things – if it’s not seriously threatening, then I’d deal with it and ignore the people involved or whatever was the easiest course, because I didn’t want to make a fuss about it. On the other hand, there’s a social aspect to it, where a lot of people won’t do anything about it because they want to fit in, or they don’t want their peers to see them as whiners or wimps because they couldn’t deal with it when so many other people have.

    One way to stop it would be to get campus staff involved. Not allowing it would make it harder to justify by the students doing the hazing, and instructors turning a blind eye should be reprimanded for it. Students also need to realize that it’s not necessary, and if someone is hazing them, that it’s not right and they need to speak up about it. A lot of instructors, like the students, see no problem – “I did it in my day, so why is it a problem now?” The answer is easy – nobody should be forced to deal with it, and if they speak up about it, action needs to be taken. Everyone needs to be more aware of what a problem it is for some students.

  4. Cricket Garancosky says:

    After learning that bullying also falls under the category of “hazing” I would like to fix my above statement:

    When I was growing up “hazing” and “bullying” were seperate things (bullying came from everywhere/everyone for no reason other than to enjoy someone elses suffering…hazing was exclusive to people being “initiated” into some form of a group; whether that be high school, sports, greek life, or anything else), but knowing that this statistic lumps them together I am surprised the statistic isn’t higher (but honestly, how many people truly come forward about being bullied?). I came to college having experienced hazing…I was bullied all through primary, secondary, and post-secondary school. I put a stop to it in college, by not allowing it to happen.

    Ways to prevent it include:

    Instilling a strong self-confidence in children so they can ignore the negativity (verbal in this case…it is hard to ignore a punch to the face) and not give the bully the reaction they want.

    Not standing for it: if you see someone doing it, no matter who/what you are, you have an obligation to do something about it. There are too many people who don’t care unless it is happening to them, I don’t know what happened to the Good Samaritans of the world, but there are not as many as there used to be.

    Parents need to step up to the plate and teach their kids it is wrong, and allow teachers to help deal with it in school…a lot of administration and parents force teachers to turn a blind eye or lose their jobs.

    Get police involved if necessary, some bullying is very violent, and you can’t just slap the bullies on the wrist and say “no, don’t do that…it’s wrong…now go play”, they need to understand the consequences of their actions.

    P.S. Cappex, you should have the definition of hazing (according to this statistic) on here….it is a lot different than what a lot of people think it is. It will drastically change the opinions of people. I know it did mine, because even though both hazing and bullying are wrong…they are usually committed for different reasons.

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