Westminster Participates in National Hazing Prevention Week

Members of Kappa Alpha Theta add their handprints to a “These Hands Don’t Haze” banner. PHOTO BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER.

Members of Kappa Alpha Theta add their handprints to a “These Hands Don’t Haze” banner. PHOTO BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER.

BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Last week, colleges across the country recognized National Hazing Prevention week by hosting events aimed at creating awareness about the dangers of hazing, educating students, and promoting prevention. Westminster participated in the week with a discussion on hazing in Hermann Lounge on Sept. 23.


Lead by Nicole Ellliott, assistance director of Greek life, the discussion first defined hazing. Students shared their definitions of hazing and Elliott read a formal definition.

According to Westminster’s student handbook, hazing is “any reckless or intentional act that is committed on- or off-campus against someone joining, becoming a member, or maintaining membership in any group, which is humiliating, intimidating or demeaning; which produces physical, mental, or emotional pain or discomfort; and/or which endangers the health and safety of the person.”

The student handbook also states that “hazing includes active and passive participation in such acts and can occur regardless of the willingness of a student to participate in the activities.”

After defining hazing, students applied that definition to different scenarios and discussed if they thought a given situation was considered to be an example of hazing.

“The discussion broadened my understanding of hazing,” Mackenzie Haddox, ’16 said.

Lori Hoertel, ’16, added, “It was a great discussion, and it was nice to see representatives from the fraternities and sororities on campus in attendance.”

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