What To Do
Hazing is a violation of campus and state law. At Cornell, we encourage students to rethink, react, and regroup in response to pressures to haze.
Joining a GROUP or TEAM can be one of the best parts of the Cornell experience. But joining a group should not hurt.
- Some people think HAZING promotes group bonding. Perhaps... but it 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 other practices can challenge individuals, and cultivate self-discipline, community, strength, and tradition without endangering the group.
- Hazing runs the SPECTRUM. It happens in different ways, at different times, and to new and current members. Hazing has no place in a caring community.
- Use discretion when deciding what teams or groups you wish to join. RESEARCH their history. Ask questions. Check out incidents of hazing at Cornell.
- If you have any red flags about joining a group, RECONSIDER. Choosing groups that reflect your core values will be more satisfying in the long run.
- If you learn of “hazing-like” practices, please make a confidential REPORT on Cornell’s hazing website.
- Even current members of groups can REFUSE to participate in hazing... either as an active hazer, or as a participant in “reverse” hazing.
- There are many ways to “do Cornell...” RECLAIM your right to experience safe, caring, and enriching connections in every aspect of your journey through this university.
- It is up to every team and every (new and current) group member to STOP HAZING at Cornell.
- Need housing? Worried what you’ll do in your free time if you don’t join the group? GET CREATIVE. Ask others for suggestions.
- If you have been hazed and want assistance, please ACCESS RESOURCES. Peer support, medical care, and professional counseling are available you.
- If you are concerned about a friend, please SAY SOMETHING. If you need help knowing what to say, consider consulting with Gannett.
- REACH OUT. You don’t need hazing to be challenged, gain strength, or experience close bonding... especially here at Cornell. Look for others who understand this.
Cornell's hazing campaign is supported by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education, Gannett Health Services, Cornell Police, and the Judicial Administrator.
Please click on an individual "thumbnail" image below to view an expanded file (pdf).
"Rethink React Regroup" campaign messages will be distributed throughout campus:
- as postcards in student mailboxes
- as posters in residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, locker rooms, and other key campus locations
If you would like copies of these materials, please contact Gannett Health Services' Communications Specialist.