Hazing Information
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HazingPrevention.Org strives to be the ultimate resource for information about hazing and hazing prevention.  This section includes definitions, personal stories about hazing, links to other sources of information and more.

Hazing Facts

Hazing is a plague in our society. Incidents are on the rise – particularly among younger and younger kids committing increasingly more violent acts. Take a look at some statistics:

  • 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year; 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing.
  • 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.
  • Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are hazing practices common across all types of student groups.
  • 40% of athletes who reported being involved in hazing behaviors report that a coach or advisor was aware of the activity; 22% report that the coach was involved.
  • 2 in 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus. More than 1 in 5 report that they witnessed hazing personally.
  • In 95% of cases where students identified their experience as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials.
  • Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.
  • 36% of students say they would not report hazing primarily because "there's no one to tell," and 27% feel that adults won't handle it right.
  • As of February 12, 2010, the number of recorded hazing/pledging/rushing-related deaths in fraternities and sororities stands at 96 – 90 males and 6 females.
  • 82% of deaths from hazing involve alcohol.

Data cited from the national study Hazing in View: Students at Risk conducted by Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Mary Madden, Ph.D. from the University of Maine.  The full report of both the pilot and complete national study are available at:


Information from Alfred University HS hazing study conducted by Hoover and Pollard, published in 2000. High School Hazing

Information compiled by Hank Nuwer.


  • According to Hank Nuwer's website, there have been 174 hazing deaths since 1838.  


The Prevention Model

HazingPrevention.Org turned the conversation about hazing from what to do when it happens to how to prevent it from occurring. Central to our efforts is the use of the prevention model, typically used for problems like violence, alcohol and drug abuse, translated to address hazing. For more information, read the paper Linda Langford authored while at the Higher Education Center. Although the Center no longer exists, the work of Dr. Langford is still used as the basis for hazing prevention.

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