Last week, Shippensburg University held Hazing Prevention Week on campus in the Ceddia Union Building. Forty-seven percent of students come to college previously experiencing hazing.
SU’s office of Fraternity and Sorority Life worked with other campus organizations to inform students, faculty and staff on the dangers of hazing.
The annual event kicked off on Monday in the CUB with a hazing prevention trivia table hosted by the Panhellenic Council, an umbrella organization of several sororities. On Tuesday, SU Athletics and Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsored a showing of the “HAZE” documentary screening.
Throughout the week, students were encouraged to sign the Pledge Against Hazing banner. The banner was hung in the CUB following the events of the week. More than 50% of university students experience hazing during their years at a university.
According to the University of Dayton, 95% of students involved in hazing do not report it to campus officials. Online report forms for SU students can be found at www.ship.edu/life/dean-students/student-conduct.
The university’s biannual hazing report can be found online at www.ship.edu/life/dean-students/student-conduct/hazing_reports. For more information on SU’s Antihazing policy can be found online at www.ship. edu/life/dean-students/student-conduct.
Editor’s note: Data taken from the national study “Hazing in View: Students at Risk,” conducted by Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Mary Madden, Ph.D. from the University of Maine.