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Hazing: It’s Against The Law For A Reason


A Florida State University student who lost his life as a result of college hazing could not have imagined that pledging a Greek fraternity would be the last decision he ever made. Nor could the young men who were a part of the initiation scheme. But sadly, now one young man is dead, and five others will be serving jail-time and living with the knowledge that their contribution to the hijinks on that fateful night had irreversible consequences.

Hazing Statistics Worth Knowing

 Unfortunately, the FSU hazing was not an isolated incident. Most commonly the types of activities involved in hazing include one or more of the following:

  • Shaming or humiliating victims;
  • Forcing the consumption of large amounts of alcohol;
  • Sleep-deprivation;
  • Unwanted sex-acts;
  • Isolating and intimidating students.

The statistics reflecting hazing activity on college campuses across the country are chilling:

  • 40 students have died as a result of hazing incidents in the past decade;
  • Over a quarter of a million young athletes experience hazing when joining a college athletics program;
  • One in 20 college students report having undergone hazing;
  • Two in five say they know of hazing that occurs on campus;
  • 40 percent believe coaches and advisors were aware of the hazing, and over 20 percent say those adults took part in hazing events;
  • Half of females concede that they were hazed as part of an NCAA Division I initiation;
  • Of those females, one in five say alcohol was involved in the initiation process, while others report “mental hazing.”
  • One in ten of these females experienced branding, tattoos, beatings, and having their hair shaved against their will;
  • One-fourth of these activities occur on campus in public places
  • Over 50 percent of these events are later posted on social media by hazers;
  • Nearly 70 percent of students who are part of a campus group say they believe hazing is simply a part of campus culture;
  • Most students are aware of a No Hazing campus policy, but see little beyond a written policy preventing it;
  • Almost one in three leaders in the Greek system report concerns about alcohol use during hazing.

Preventing Hazing

 Parents can address the issue of hazing with their teens before they head off to college to make them aware of potential dangers. Advise them to:

  • Know campus hazing policies;
  • Research organizations under consideration before pledging;
  • Develop a wide circle of friends from multiple settings;
  • Report dangerous situations to campus officials: it can be done with confidentiality.

What Happens after a Harmful Hazing Incident

Personal injury may come in many forms. Whether the incident in question resulted in physical, mental, or emotional harm, the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Robert W. Elton has your back. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a confidential consultation today.