This week we have encouraged our members to participate in the 2016 National Hazing Prevention Week campaigns to shed light on an ongoing problem within our Greek Life community. Delta Xi Phi’s National Treasurer, Kaitlin DeFoor, shares her own experience as a member of an organization with a strict intolerance for hazing.
“I’ll never forget sitting in a room of debaters and telling them I was joining a sorority. When I was asked what the process was like, I obviously knew I couldn’t say much. One of my good friends was going through a more traditional pledging practice at the time, and rumors circulated around campus about the terrible hazing new members endured. To me, sisterhood wasn’t about having the same terrible experience to bond women together. To me, sisterhood is about uplifting each other.
It was just one semester later that our head of Greek Life asked to be a guest speaker at one of our chapter meetings. He was concerned because there had been several terrible hazing related injuries at Alabama universities and colleges that year. In fact, there had been a rumored injury at our campus. It felt great to tell the Greek Life Director that we were a non-hazing sorority and we knew the dangers. It also felt strange that so many Greek organizations did not cover these subjects. According to recent statistics, 15 million students are hazed each year. Hazing can be mental, emotional, or physical. It does not matter if both parties consent to the activity. Often hazing can be seen as just pranking. It can also take the form of making new members complete actions of servitude, yelling at new members, or even sleep deprivation. The goal of hazing is to make new members feel like they are worth less than older members. No one should ever want to make another person feel this way.
So what can you do? The bottom line: treat new members they way you wish you were treated. Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. has a strict policy against hazing. All members complete GreekLifeEdu to learn the signs and impacts of hazing. More than 95% of people who are hazed do not report it. If you feel like you or another sister has been hazed, please do not hesitate to contact our tribunals at firstname.lastname@example.org. We work to protect those who come forward and do complete investigations. To learn more about hazing and what you can do to prevent it, check out the resources below.”
– Kaitlin DeFoor, Founding Sister of Omega Associate Chapter and National Treasurer
- University of Dayton Department of Student Development, 2016
- University of Maryland, 2016
Online Course: Hazing Prevention: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility- http://www.prevent.zone/
National Hazing Prevention Week Resources- http://hazingprevention.org/home/prevention/national-hazing-prevention-week/
Alfred University Hazing Study- http://www.alfred.edu/hs_hazing/docs/hazing__study.pdf
Cornell University Hazing Information Site- https://hazing.cornell.edu/hazing/index.cfm
Fraternal Law Partners Greek Anti Hazing Hotline- http://fraternallaw.com/contact/anti-hazing-hotline/
National Federation of State High School Associations Hazing Information- https://www.nfhs.org/hazing.aspx
RISE Partnerships: From Hazing to Health- http://www.risepartnerships.com/from-hazing-to-health/
Stop Hazing Information Site- http://www.stophazing.org/