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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:

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.

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 Are Hazed

Reactions, testimony, and what you 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hazing in the News

Links to sites with current news coverage and archival media stories about hazing


Links to resources about hazing

Anti-Hazing Report January 1, 2021


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.

Policies and Laws

IUP Hazing Policy and the Pennsylvania Hazing Law