The Curriculum

The Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention is a signature program offered by HazingPrevention.Org (HPO). Consistent with the HPO mission and vision, the Institute is designed to emphasize prevention strategies that are intended to decrease risk and harm associated with hazing by identifying the causal factors that contribute to the real problem. Participants are actively engaged in the application of a Problem Analysis that will inform hazing prevention strategies, as well as tactics and activities specific to their community or organization. The Novak Institute utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to engage participants in identifying the complexity of the issue of hazing. HPO’s commitment is to offer an Institute that is interdisciplinary, limited in size to provide a high-quality learning environment, and facilitated by the national experts who serve as our faculty. The interdisciplinary nature of this experience makes it worthwhile. Imagine; inter/national fraternal executives, campus as well as community police officials, fraternity and sorority professionals, student conduct administrators, researchers, advisors, consultants, lawyers, senior student affairs professionals and STUDENTS coming together to advance the prevention of hazing!

Since 2008, we have brought together dynamic groups of students and professionals and provided them the opportunity to cultivate the skills to develop and implement a comprehensive hazing prevention initiative. Additionally, we aim to instill hope that we have the capacity to prevent hazing. To this end, the Institute focuses on prevention of hazing as opposed to response. The curriculum is based on a violence prevention framework designed by experts in public health, which includes (1) a set of proven principles and (2) a systematic and strategic planning process. The process includes starting with a clear definition of the problem and its contributing factors (risk and protective factors), articulating what needs to change, looking at research about what works to make that change, creating effective programs and policies that carry out those change goals.

The Novak Institute is a highly focused learning experience for people concerned about preventing hazing. The curriculum of the Novak Institute has been intentionally designed to facilitate individual learning for the purpose of community change. The Institute utilizes multiple learning strategies:

  • Interactive presentations;
  • Application and skill-building sessions;
  • Small-group discussion;
  • Team dialogues that allow participants to prepare to take home the lessons learned, and;
  • Small-group coaching sessions to encourage delving deeper into topical issues related to hazing.

Institute Schedule

The Institute curriculum is designed to build upon each concept taught. As such, participants should expect a full day in the learning community that typically begins at 8 a.m., and ends at 9 p.m. Participants should arrive on site no later than 1:30 p.m., June 4, to check in and get settled into their rooms before the Institute’s formal opening at 3 p.m.

Since full participation is expected in all Institute sessions, participants should note the following schedule with meal breaks built in:

Day 1: Wednesday, June 4 
Check-in begins at 10 a.m., and closes at 2 p.m. The Institute opens PROMPTLY at 3 p.m.

Day 2: Thursday, June 5 
Begin at 8 a.m., and work until no later than 9 p.m.

Day 3: Friday, June 6 
Begin at 8 a.m., and work until no later than 9 p.m.

Day 4: Saturday, June 7 
Begin at 8:30 a.m., and concludes by noon.




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"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."