The media is full of stories reporting one of the worst possible consequences of hazing: death. While death is a horrendous possible outcome, there are far more examples of less severe but still life-altering consequences. These consequences may include but are not limited to:.
The following resource was originally written by Michelle Chaney, M. Despite the illegalization of hazing in 44 states and the implementation of anti-hazing efforts on school campuses across the U. He was one of fifteen individuals charged, but the only to receive prison time thus far.
University campuses across the country were rocked by a series of fraternity deaths infueling an unprecedented national conversation about the dangers of fraternity culture and what can be done to keep students safe. The backlash against Greek life has fueled calls to abolish fraternities altogetheralong with demands that students involved in hazing deaths face more serious charges. After Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza died while pledging a fraternity in February, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller sought charges as severe as involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, but hazing cases usually result in more minor charges, if any are brought at all.
College is a unique socialization experience. While Intramurals, clubs, athletics, and dorm-life are common ways of socializing, joining Greek-life —Fraternity or Sorority— is also popular among college students. Fraternities and sororities provide many benefits to students such as leadership opportunities, participation in college activities, friendships and extended connections with other chapters around the nation.
Hazing in college Greek Life and other organizations has gone up dramatically in the past ten years as reported by, insidehazing. Susan Lipkins, a hazing expert who has been working in the field for 25 years. Not only is hazing in general on the rise, but the brutal actions that take place while hazing have become more severe.
Tim Piazza spent the early-morning hours of Feb. He then tumbled headfirst down a flight of stairs. Members of the fraternity carried his limp body to a couch, where they poured liquid on his face and slapped him in apparent attempts to wake him up.
Every year, college students are injured or killed during events associated with hazing. Often, violence, heavy drinking and humiliation are part of the rituals students endure to gain acceptance into a popular group on campus. At times, sleep deprivation, nudity and sex acts also are involved.
Joanne said she had to stand silently with her nose touching a cold, dirty wall while her potential sorority sisters screamed that she wasn't worth their time. If the pledges moved at all, Joanne said, one of the four Penn State Altoona sorority members would shove their heads into the concrete bricks until they had lumps or bruises. Even now, Joanne said, a year later, she still gets harassed by her former sorority sisters, which is why she asked that her real name not be used.
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Outside of basketball, she pursued membership in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The cause was suicide. In the weeks prior to her death, Hankins voiced concerns about her failing mental health and suicidal thoughts, stemming from the hazing, to AKA members, according to the lawsuit. It claims members did nothing in response.