If you are thinking about joining a group (e.g., fraternity, sorority, performing group, team, club, organization), consider whether or not doing so might involve some type of initiation.
Initiation into a group can be a single event or an extended process. See a Message for First Year Students to read a statement on hazing from fraternity and sorority leaders.
Since the process of joining a group may involve hazing, it is important to be an informed consumer of the experience for which you are signing up. Here are suggestions to reduce the likelihood of winding up in a situation in which you are hazed:
If the group members cannot give thorough descriptions of what new membership involves (e.g., service projects, pro-social group-building activities) or seem evasive, have your guard up. Even if they say that they do not haze, be cautious if they are unable to describe what they do.