As a community, CSU often talks to faculty, staff and students about taking care of each other, and taking steps in a situation that doesn’t seem right. It’s important for everyone, whether you are teaching a class or advising a student organization, to understand the signs of hazing and report concerns. Hazing is often subtle to the outsider viewer, but some signs may exist.
Students who are being hazed or treated poorly by a group are almost always afraid to speak up. Having someone they can confide in – a favorite teacher, a student employment supervisor, a faculty advisor – is very important. If you suspect that hazing is occurring, please report it through the reporting tab on this website.
Here are some signs that could indicate a student is being treated poorly by a group or being hazed:
- Required to carry certain items
- Cutting, branding, labeling, or shaving of parts of the body
- Required “greeting” of members in a specific manner when seen on campus
- Required walking in groups to class, food service, etc.
- Performing of special tasks for the members or others
- Appearance of sadness or expressions of inferiority
- Extreme tiredness in class due to sleep deprivation
- Withdrawal from normal activities or friends
- Using code words and phrases to mask the actual nature of an event or activity
- Required periods of silence or having a cell phone confiscated by a peer
- Required to wear a specific outfit
- Out of character behavior in public that is intentionally embarrassing to self
Adapted from http://www.csbsju.edu/hazing/signs-of-hazing-and-what-to-do and https://studentlife.gwu.edu/fraternity-sorority-resources