National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is an event that happens every year to raise awareness about the dangers of hazing and to empower students on high school and college campuses across the nation to stand up against hazing. This year (2016), NHPW is being held from September 19-23.
“Hazing: any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harrassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing which should be read thoroughly by every Member. Not only is it important that we practice anti-hazing in our Chapters, but it’s also important to advocate and educate our peers on the dangers of hazing.
4 Ways Your Chapter Can Participate in NHPW
- Create a discussion. Ask faculty members in your Greek Life or Student Life Offices to lead a panel discussion on hazing and how to prevent/report it. Invite all organizations (Greek Life, sports teams, etc) to come join in on the discussion of how your campus can be hazing-free.
- Raise Awareness. Create a social media campaign with your Members or hang up posters to raise awareness that hazing doesn’t build unity- it’s about power and control. Make sure to include how students can report hazing on your campus. Hazingprevention.org uses the phrase “These Hands Don’t Haze.” You can also visit their online store for posters and gear.
- Watch GOAT as a Chapter. GOAT, starring Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer and James Franco, tells the true story of two brothers who become embroiled in hazing at a college fraternity. It provides a great opportunity to open up discussion about the psychological and philosophical underpinnings that give rise to hazing and why it’s critical to prevent it. GOAT hits theatres on September 23, but there are a handful of campuses hosting advanced screenings led by Hazingprevention.org.
- Take the Pledge! Host an event to have your Members and other students take the Hazing Prevention Pledge. Book a speaker to educate on hazing prevention, provide snacks and end with a call to take the pledge. You could also reserve a table on campus and ask students passing by to take the pledge.
Like us on Facebook for Hazing Prevention information all week. Can’t participate this week? Your Chapter can hold it’s own Hazing Prevention Week, Weekend or Day! Be sure to post photos from your NHPW events using #NHPW and tag us @phisigmapi.