• Anti-Hazing Initiative

    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

    Subtle 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

    Harrassment Hazing

    • 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

    Violent Hazing

    • 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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