How can I stop hazing on campus?
The best way to eliminate hazing is to activate the bystanders - those who are standing idly by while hazing takes place. Even students who don't actively take part in hazing enable it to continue by not standing up against it. You may feel you are the only one who is opposed to hazing, but that is probably not the case. You are probably in the silent majority, but no one wants to be the first to speak up.
Are you a bystander, someone who can help end hazing? You are... actually, we all are. Bystanders can include:
Simply, any person who witnesses or suspects that hazing may be occurring has a duty to report the activity. Remember, Alabama is one of six states that has a "Duty to Report" clause in its anti-hazing statute. To be aware of hazing and failing to report it is illegal in Alabama.
- Campus and City Police
- RAs and Residence Life Staff
- Academic Advisors
- hazing victims
- student leaders
- organization/team member
- Notice the Event
Take it as your responsibility to be able to define and recognize possible hazing activities.
- Recognize the behavior as a problem
Many people witness hazing, but think it is harmless fun or silly pranks. Violent hazing, such as paddling or punching, is easy to recognize. Subtle hazing is difficult to recognize yet is more prevalent on campus.
- Feel a responsibility to help solve the problem
If you see it and think it's wrong, do you feel it's your place to act? Why not? Alabama is one of six states that has a "Duty to Report" clause in its anti-hazing statute. To be aware of hazing and failing to report it is illegal in Alabama.
- Know what to do
Take the time to become familiar with the reporting resources available to you through Auburn University. These reporting tools allow you to report suspected hazing activities anonymously and confidentially. Visit this site to learn more about reporting a hazing violation.
- Possess the capacity for action
Even if you know what to do, do you have the courage to do it? This is a question that only you can answer. If you use the resources provided, reporting can be anonymous, confidential, and quick. Be a part of the solution to end hazing at Auburn and in our community.