Hazing

Hazing has been used as a rite of passage and/or initiation for many years. Even though it is a violation of University regulations and Michigan laws, it is commonly used by fraternities, sororities, athletic teams/clubs, and to a lesser extent other campus organizations. By definition, hazing is a process that involves persecution and harassment with meaningless, difficult, dangerous, or humiliating tasks. At times, the student who is joining a campus-affiliated organization does not know that hazing is part of the initiation process until it actually occurs. Frequently students do not report the incident and choose to keep it a secret so they may remain in the organization or because of a fear of retaliation. Many students are not aware that hazing is illegal. If you become aware of a student who is the victim of a hazing incident:

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