ORONO – Campus hazing continues to be a concern among colleges all around the country. Researchers at the University of Maine recently released a toolkit that presents a framework for hazing prevention.
“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach,” said University of Maine Professor of Higher Education Dr. Elizabeth Allan. “You really have to look at the individual school or the campus and see where the problems are most evident.”
The new report was led by the Hazing Prevention Consortium. Researchers from the University of Maine and seven other universities have been analyzing data for the past three years in an effort to shine light on the issue.
In a 2007 survey, Allan found that over half of students in campus organizations experience some form of hazing. Most hazing incidents are associated with fraternities, sororities and athletic teams, but it spreads much further than just those groups.
“Hazing can be involved in performing arts organizations, club sports teams and even honor societies,” said Allan.
Allan and other researchers will continue to gather data with the goal of building a common language for hazing prevention. An overview of the report can be found at stophazing.org.