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Teambuilding exercises such as ropes courses, university-sponsored programs, and/or those found contained in the fraternity's/sorority's official program materials incorporate methods that are designed and tested to ensure they achieve the outcome of bonding and cooperation. You have a responsibility to ensure that the activities you incorporate result in the desired outcome--research shows that hazing does not promote brotherhood/sisterhood or lifelong organizational commitment.The practice of hazing stands in direct contradiction of the purpose of fraternity/sorority. Fraternities and sororities are values based organizations founded with a focus on aiding individual members' growth and development by virtue of their affiliation. Proponents of hazing argue that members who are hazed are more likely to be involved for a lifetime, unified as a group, and strengthened individually through proving themselves. While there is some truth to the creation of a strong sense of brotherhood/sisterhood, it is not in the way one might think. Research shows that hazed individuals have the same sense of attachment that abused children have to their abusive parent, battered spouses have to their brutal partners, or a hostage has to his/her captor.1
The FHSI Consortium Fraternities and Sororities understand the harmful effect of hazing activities and the lost opportunity to create healthy, long-term relationships. The FHSI is committed to eliminating the hazing cultures within their respective organizations. The FHSI Staff created a comprehensive set of materials including a research-based Hazing Prevention and Intervention Programs, Model Policy and Web-Based Education to equip chapter members with the necessary tools to implement a positive member experience. Commitment to Hazing Prevention• Fraternities/Sororities are values based organizations and do not tolerate any form of hazing.• Hazing is a violation of the Fraternity’s/Sorority's policy, college/university policy and is illegal in 44 states.• Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress (i.e., humiliation, intimidation, demeaning treatment, etc.).• Hazing can cause significant harm to individuals, families, groups and the Fraternity/Sorority.• Hazing individuals, regardless of their membership status, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.You are invited to learn more about FHSI's use of the Hazing Prevention and Intervention Programs by exploring Our Programming.
The additional information provided here is designed to support the FHSI's ongoing prevention efforts of the Consortium Member Fraternities' and Sororities' Education Programs. It details all of the basic information that chapter membership should be aware of and understand as prevention leaders on campus. This information can also be used by executive leadership or standards (accountability) committees as an educational sanction to address individual members’ actions to assist the chapter with intervention techniques.
1 Keating, C., Pomerantz, J., Pommer, S., Ritt, S., Miller, L., & McCormick, J. (2005). Going to college and unpacking hazing: A functional approach to decrypting initiation practices among undergraduates. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 9(2), 104-126.