Hazing - What Can I Do

Safety and well-being of students is everyone's concern. Students should be treated with respect and dignity. Hazing is inconsistent with the University's core values and will not be tolerated. However, to be effective in combating hazing, everyone must be a partner - parents, family, friends, advisors, faculty, staff, roommates, and coaches.

Look and listen for signs of hazing.

Often, an individual may be concerned about behavior that he/she knows or suspects is happening in an organization. Could the behavior be considered hazing? Is it "normal"? Is it harmless? What, if anything, should be done?

Parents

There is nothing quite so difficult for parents as receiving a phone call from their children describing hazing activities that they are enduring. Inevitably, the students do not want the parents to notify anyone in authority. Despite everything, they want to be a part of their organization and don't want anyone to "get in trouble". What should you do as a parent? The physical well being of your children is by far the most important thing. If you think your child is in immediate danger, call the Department of Public Safety 810-762-3333. If the decision is not so obvious, check out How to Report on this website.

Roommate/Friend/Siblings

As a peer, you may observe or have a friend or sibling confide in you about hazing activities in his/her organization. Even activities that may seem more stupid than harmful can always escalate into something major. Hopefully, you will do that right thing and take action. Initially, that may mean trying to empower your friend to stand up to the hazing and lead others in the same position to stick together. No organization will want to lose all of its new members. Please check out How to Report on this website.

Faculty/Staff

Because even organizations that haze do not want their members to miss class, you are in a unique position to observe students who exhibit signs of being hazed. Even if you don't know which organizations the student is affiliated with, that can be determined. As a University official you have an obligation to act. Check out How to Report on this website.

You are being hazed

When you joined your organization or team you may have had some knowledge that you would be hazed. Maybe, it's gotten to be more than you expected. In any case, it's never acceptable, and you should not put up with it. The problem is that you still want to be a member and don't want your friends to get into trouble. You can always try talking to an older student or advisor who you trust. What you can also consider is encouraging the others who are being hazed to stick together. There is no way that any organization wants to or can afford to lose all of its new members. Please remember that you're not doing anyone, including your organization, any favor by remaining silent. It's not surprising that hazing activities will eventually come out. The result of that could very well mean serious injury to someone and/or the end of your organization. Check out How to Report on this website.