June 4-7, 2014

on the campus of the University of Memphis


 Become a Part of the National Movement

The 2014 Institute is slated for June 4-7 on the campus of the University of Memphis. Don’t miss your opportunity to be one of the 100-plus participants representing colleges and universities and national Greek organizations who attend to work with the Institute’s world-class faculty, learning how to address hazing on their campuses and among their members using a unique and powerful approach.

The prevention framework that serves as the foundation of the Institute curriculum is delivering a growing impact across the country. Holding capacity at roughly 100 gives participants close, hands-on interaction with faculty. 


About the Institute

The Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention tackles the challenging public health problem of hazing in a totally unique way. This four-day, interactive experience teaches diverse groups of interdisciplinary participants how to address hazing from a strategic approach that focuses on prevention rather than just response.

Nationally recognized faculty teach a prevention framework based on proven principles that are grounded in research. The Institute is geared toward individual professionals, teams of professionals and students who want to take whey they’ve learned back to their communities to create and implement an interdisciplinary hazing prevention program designed for their community.

The Novak Institute utilizes multiple learning strategies that allow participants to think critically about concepts while providing opportunities to apply the tools in the Institute’s learning community. Since the Institute curriculum design allows for individuals and teams to learn together, we encourage participation by interdisciplinary teams. Teams can comprise professionals who work in a variety of capacities that may find the Institute beneficial as a means to begin or refresh hazing prevention initiatives. Institute participants represent many campus organizations such as:

Who Should Attend

The Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention is designed for professionals, volunteers and undergraduate and graduate students as individuals or interdisciplinary teams.

If you are involved in any of the following campus areas, this Institute is for you:

  • Chief/senior student affairs officers
  • Athletic administration and coaches
  • Campus Greek life
  • Band/music/theatre and spirit organizations
  • Student conduct and compliance
  • Risk management
  • Residential life
  • Student activities
  • Campus law enforcement & safety
  • Campus sport clubs and intramurals
  • Campus legal counsel
  • Campus ROTC/military organizations

If you are part of an inter/national fraternity/sorority or paraprofessional organization, the Institute is also designed for you. Organizational teams might include those working in risk management, education, alumni affairs, volunteers and other areas.

Should individuals who are not part of a team attend the Institute? Absolutely. Individual participants are welcome and, in fact, have comprised a significant percentage of attendees at the Institute, representing campuses or inter/national organizations. The Institute curriculum includes time for individuals to work through both taking information back to their campus or organization, as well as using Institute lessons to advance hazing prevention efforts on their campus or in their organization; however, we discourage individual students from attending on their own. We have found that students need professional support on site to achieve an optimal learning experience.




Phi Gamma Delta

Alpha Tau Omega
Kappa Alpha Order
Pi Kappa Phi

University of Kentucky Panhellenic Council


"I thought the Institute was wonderful. You did a great job making sure teams as well as individuals felt their needs were addressed. The food choices were the best I've ever experienced at a conference (and I've been to many), both in the variety of foods and the selection of healthy choices."

"My first step will be to determine who my champion will be and then form a committee. My organization's goal is to have the committee return to the Institute next summer."

"My organization has attended for the past five years and we have used the materials to develop a great responsive program. I was happy to see that the focus is on prevention because that is where we are headed now. Given that our goals are in alignment, I was pleased to have learned so much and feel that I am now qualified to move this process through my organization."

"The curriculum was beneficial, and I loved hearing FSU's approach to prevention. The presentations were eye-opening, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet so many other professionals! I had a great time and can't wait to come back next year to learn more."

"The information was very helpful. The speakers were great. The networking and sharing of ideas was nice."