Despite long-standing policies, statements, and legislation, hazing sometimes continues to play a role in the modern-day sorority experience.
There is no place for hazing in Theta, which is described in the Fraternity’s statement on hazing.
“Hazing can be defined as subjecting a person to an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the emotional and/or physical health or safety of a member or new member or which tends to humiliate, embarrass or cause personal discomfort regardless of one’s willingness to participate in such activity.”
We acknowledge hazing prevention is easier said than done, and intervening can be difficult. Below are some tips to identify and act against hazing.
If it feels wrong, it probably is.
Trust your gut. If someone, whether inside or outside your chapter, is acting in a way that makes you uncomfortable, it is likely making someone else uncomfortable, too.
If you see something, say something (and quickly).
Bystander behavior can be just as harmful as the hazing activity. Even if you’re not sure who is the right person to go to, just say something. If you aren’t sure how to start, but know something should be said, the below resources are available.
- National Hazing Prevention Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE
- Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters: 888-526-1870 or contact us
Think about the “why.”
If upon initial thought, you aren’t sure if an activity is hazing, ask yourself to find the “why” of the activity. If the activity’s sole purpose is simply “bonding” or “because that’s what new members do,” it’s likely hazing. All Theta activities should reinforce the values of sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
Even if it’s not “your problem,” you can be the solution.
Even if your chapter isn’t participating in problematic hazing behavior, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of the solution. As Thetas, we pride ourselves on being the first, which means enacting change on campuses. Don’t hesitate to hold our Greek brothers and sisters accountable and start the difficult conversations.
Follow at @Kappa_Alpha_Theta on Instagram for resources and information related to Theta’s awareness efforts for National Hazing Prevention Week. Also, follow the hashtag #NHPW19 across all social media to be part of the global conversation about ending hazing for good.