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Our Purpose

Welcome. This site is a resource for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and others interested in learning about what student groups at Indiana University of Pennsylvania can do to prevent hazing. Since hazing is a national problem that occurs in high schools, colleges, and other settings, this information may be useful to visitors as well.

Although hazing is not unique to IUP, we believe that it is important to examine these practices explicitly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.

While being part of a campus group can be one of the most meaningful aspects of student life, hazing is a serious problem that undermines the value of these experiences for many individuals.

A Message to First-Year Students

Hazing Myths

What To Do:

What Individuals Can Do

If You Are Joining A Group
If you are thinking about joining a group, consider whether or not doing so might involve some type of initiation.
If You Are Hazed
Reactions, testimony, and what you can do
If A Friend is Being Hazed
If you are concerned that someone you know is being hazed, you can make a difference by helping that person.
If You Want to Help Stop Hazing
Many individuals want hazing to stop. In order to play a role in preventing hazing, there are six steps that individuals must go through to move from being bystanders to active change agents.

What Organizations Can Do

If Your Organization Does Not Haze
Organizations that do not haze can play an important role in stopping hazing on campus. Here are some ways that your group can help.
If Your Organization Hazes
Members of organizations that haze may hold a range of views about their practices. If your organization hazes new members, you may support those practices, oppose them, or have a mixture of feelings.
Alternatives to Hazing
Some students who haze contend that hazing results in positive outcomes. But these positive outcomes can be achieved through non-hazing activities that avoid the negative effects that often result from hazing.

Consider the Issues

Policies and Laws
IUP Hazing Policy and the Pennsylvania Hazing Law
Alcohol and Hazing
While hazing does not necessarily involve alcohol use by either current or new members, often alcohol consumption is either a central or contributing element.
Hazing in the News
Links to sites with current news coverage and archival media stories about hazing
Links to resources about hazing
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