What To Do
Joining a group, team, or organization can be one of the best parts of the Cornell experience, but doing so should never put someone in harm's way. Most Cornell students (87%) believe it's never okay to humiliate or intimidate new members. There are better ways to build unity. Ending hazing at Cornell takes commitment from individuals and from groups, teams, and organizations.
Know Hazing When You See It
Hazing can take many forms, but typically involves some degree of physical risk or mental distress that can be disruptive, demeaning, or dangerous. Many times, alcohol and secrecy are part of the hazing. No matter what it looks like.. it's never okay.
Some people argue that hazing behaviors promote group BONDING..Perhaps... but they also can create lasting physical and/or emotional damage.
- Some groups defend hazing as a time-honored TRADITION that (somehow) prepares members for life's challenges. Yet many alternative practices can challenge individuals, and cultivate self-discipline, community, strength, and tradition without endangering the group.
- Hazing behaviors are varied and fall along a CONTINUUM of harm. It happens in different ways, at different times, and to new and current members. Regardless, hazing has no place in a caring community.
Report any Suspected Hazing
Hazing is a violation of Cornell University policy and New York State law. Yet, in spite of the fact that most students (87% ) say it's never okay to humiliate or intimidate new members, incidents have occurred at Cornell. If you suspect hazing has occurred, take action.
Cornell's hazing prevention campaign is supported by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, Gannett Health Services, Cornell Police, Residential Programs, Institutional Research and Planning, and the Judicial Administrator.
Members of the Cornell community requesting anti-hazing materials may contact Gannett Health Services' Communications Specialist.