September 23-27, 2013
What Is It?
National Hazing Prevention week is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to promote the prevention of hazing. It is observed during the last week of September each year or whenever it is most convenient in your calendar. For each group or person, the experience is their own, but the important thing is that we are doing something to prevent hazing!
Utilizing a national awareness week is a great way to bring attention to the problem of hazing. This week allows us to educate parents, faculty and staff, community members, local and campus police, and others so that they can more easily recognize hazing. More importantly, they can have the knowledge and skills to intervene when hazing occurs. This week should be one part of an overall, year-round hazing prevention plan in your community. To learn more about comprehensive prevention planning, read Linda Langford’s paper on the topic.
The ultimate goal is to prevent hazing from happening in the first place! Through strong educational efforts, diligent policy reinforcement, and comprehensive and ongoing community efforts, we can accomplish that goal!
Activities range from brown-bag lunch discussions among faculty to movie or book discussions with students. There have been training sessions for organizational leaders and team leaders, as well as signing of anti-hazing pledges. Some campuses host individual events and others plan an entire week of activities and programs.
Campuses and organizations have hosted a variety of events in order to bring attention to the problem and to prevent hazing in their communities. For more information on previous events held, visit our National Hazing Prevention Week Catalogue of Events.
If you observed National Hazing Prevention Week in 2012, tell us what you did. If you plan to observe National Hazing Prevention Week in 2013, tell us what you plan on doing and when it will happen.
How Can I Be A Part of It?
Anyone can plan events in order to spread the word about Hazing Prevention. National Hazing Prevention Week is a great time to spark interest in your community. To get some great planning and resources go to our Planning and Resources page.
You can speak with your community or organization’s leaders in order to begin planning events. Speak with others on your campus who are interested in helping, or start the conversation yourself. Use this planning document to help you plan your week. Events that have been held at a variety of campuses can be found on our National Hazing Prevention Week Catalogue of Events . You can also contact us with questions.
To learn more about hazing, sign up for our four-part webinar series throughout September. It features nationally recognized speakers that address key topics, such as conducting effective investigations, understanding why students haze, the role of residence life in preventing hazing and including the student voice in hazing prevention efforts. Webinars are $50 each or $175 for the four-part series.
You can also visit the HPO Online Store for posters, brochures, buttons, door hangers, and table and event kits to help you spread the word about National Hazing Prevention Week 2013.
How Can I Be A Part of It Year Round?
Your prevention efforts should go past your National Hazing Prevention Week. This week should spark your prevention efforts and continue for many years to come. We have a special National Hazing Prevention Week Website just for you to use to plan your NHPW. It contains information on:
- Hazing Prevention Pledge
- Paddle Pledge
- Campus Challenge and so much more!
This website will be up year round and will keep you updated on everything you need to prevent hazing.