National Hazing Prevention Week is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to promote the prevention of hazing. Generally held during the last week of September, National Hazing Prevention Week at the University of Michigan was held in early October due to the recruitment schedule. The goal of Hazing Prevention Week is to educate new and current members about the dangers involved in hazing, as well as show how hazing can impact the Greek Community as a whole.
Hazing Prevention Week kicked off on Wednesday, October 3rd with Chi Omega sponsoring speaker Mindy Sopher on hazing for the women of the Greek Community. She asks each student to look into her heart and find a more worthy approach to new member education and inclusion.
On Friday, October 5th, the Hazing Prevention Week Committee was on the Diag handing out literature and answering questions about hazing.
The week concluded with an IFC Round Table discussion on Wednesday, October 10 in the Michigan Union Pendleton Room. This discussion covered topics such as: “What is Hazing?” “Why is hazing so dangerous?” “What are the real life ramificatios of hazing?” “What are some good alternatives to hazing?” The goal of this discussion was to bring various myths about hazing to light and to expose the truth behind hazing.
The Michigan Greek Community takes hazing very seriously so the education is not just a week long. New members are required to complete an online training program to educate them about hazing and their rights through the new member process. Additionally, throughout the year, the Hazing Task Force investigates allegations of hazing and educates chapters upon request.