Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hazing continues on campuses, in organizations

Chuck Eberly was recently interviewed about continued hazing on college campuses:
Despite widespread efforts to end the practice of hazing, the activity continues to take place in afar-reaching range of organizations and teams.

Hazing is not something that is limited to college campuses either, as instances of it are occurring more and more at high schools or even younger grade levels, said Chuck Eberly, professor of counseling and student development at Eastern Illinois University.

Eberly is the chapter adviser of Sigma Alpha Epsilson[sic] at Eastern, a member of the Association of Fraternity Advisers and has done research on the American college fraternity.

[Note: Dr.Eberly is the Sig Ep advisor, brother from BGSU, and order of the Golden Heart. (courtesy of Rick St. John)]

“Hazing occurs across all organizations,” Eberly said.
Athletic teams have hazing tactics that are similar to those of fraternities, such as alcohol abuse, physical abuse like paddling, or depravation of food and sleep, Eberly said.

Hazing was a popular topic at the NCAA convention just two weeks ago, when attendants heard a report that 80 percent of all male and 50 percent of all female NCAA athletes are hazed, according to the Associated Press.
One way that people on college campuses can now report instances of hazing is to call the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline, which can be called by people who are not a part of a Greek organization.

Some Greek organizations will have their own hazing hotlines, but the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline was developed so that a member of any fraternity, sorority or campus group who has been the subject of hazing would have a number to call.

How the hotline works is that a person can call the hotline number, 1-888-NOT-HAZE, and it will record an audio file of the person’s allegation of hazing.

The message can either be left anonymously or the caller can leave a name and a telephone number to be called back.

The message is then forwarded on to the national chapter of the related organization along with a copy of the hazing law for that state.

If the hazing allegation is not against a Greek organization, but rather against a group like a band or an athletic team, the information is forwarded on to the university, Burke said. > News > Hazing continues on campuses, in organizations
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