Definition of hazing:
Any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule, produces emotional and/or physical discomfort to members of an organization or team—whether new or not—and regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
What you should know:
- Hazing is a violation of Edina Public Schools policy and Minnesota State law.
- Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
- Hazing can cause significant harm to individuals, groups and the school.
- Hazing has occurred in Edina athletic teams and other organizations.
- Groups that haze often view it as positive and necessary.
- Groups that haze can achieve the positive outcomes they seek from hazing through non-hazing means
Types of Hazing
- Emphasizes the difference in power between new members and existing members
- Affect on new members is on a more mental level than physical or emotional
- Falsely viewed as harmless by members
- Can result in embarrassment, ridicule humiliation
Examples of Subtle Hazing
- Deprivation of privileges granted to existing members
- Requiring new members to perform duties not required of existing members
- Expecting certain items to always be in one's possession
- Quizzing on meaningless information
- Socially isolating new members
- Behaviors that cause emotional or physical stress
- Creates situations that confuse and frustrate members
Examples of Harrassment Hazing
- Verbal abuse
- Threats or implied threats
- Sleep deprivation
- Stunts/skits with degrading, humiliating, or cruel acts
- Expecting new members to do personal favors for existing members
- Activities with the potential to cause physical, emotional or psychological harm to new members
Examples of Violent Hazing
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Kidnaps or abductions
- Blindfolding or bondage
- Paddling or other forms of assault
adapted from hazing.cornell.edu, StopHazing.org
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