Alternatives to Hazing
Some people believe that hazing creates a sense of unity within a group. This isn’t true. Hazing does create a bond amongst those hazed – against those who hazed them. It doesn’t bring a group together; it divides it.
If you are planning a welcome event and have any questions about appropriate activities, you can contact your team coach, your residence Coordinator, or the Student Development Coordinator.
Or consider the constructive strategies below to create belonging, fellowship, and individual accomplishment without hazing. You can use them in university and carry them into your home and working life.
Develop Group Unity
Work together on a charity or community service project:
- Fundraiser for a local charity, or a national charity, such as Shinerama
- Volunteer project with a local organization
Try a team-based activity:
- Hiking Trip
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
- Design a Group Flag or T Shirt
- Adventure based activities, such as rope courses, kayaking, etc.
- Pot luck meals
- Intramural sports
Start New, Positive Traditions
- Build awareness of the value of your group: Invite alumni to an activity to discuss their positive experiences and what the group means to them.
- Instill a sense of belonging: Host a Welcoming Ceremony where you officially welcome new members to your group by sharing positive traditions and discuss your hopes for the group’s future.
- Improve the visibility of your group in the university community: Plan a joint social with a similar campus group to create more friendships and bonds.
Plan for Success
- Bring in guest speakers on transition-to-university topics such as test-taking skills or time management, or plan to attend the Student Success Workshops together.
- Plan group study hours.