National Hazing Prevention Week

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is part of a national initiative held at numerous universities across the country. Our staff work to plan various events, some with campus partners, that take place on campus during the week to raise awareness of the issue and educate students about hazing alternatives, empower students to stand up against hazing, and show a united University community against hazing.

UConn will be hosting its fourteenth annual Hazing Prevention Week from September 25-29, 2023.

Campus Events:

NHPW PhotoOp – September 25th from 2:30-4:30pm in SU 104

  • As part of National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) programming, we will be creating photo opportunities for students to take pictures with specific backgrounds. Students prior to having access to the photo backgrounds will have the opportunity to sign a pledge and get more information on anti-hazing.

NHPW Speaker Michelle Guobadia – September 26th from 6:30pm

  • We are bringing in Michelle Guobadia as a speaker to help discuss the topic. They will be presenting on strategies and open a conversation on how to address hazing through anecdotes and stories
  • Required for second year members.

    NHPW Lunch Convo: September 28th from 11am-12pm in 304B

    • This program would be used as an informal way for students to meet our office to starts discussion on anti-hazing and start addressing it within their organizations. Lunch will not be provided.

    NHPW Jeopardy: September 28th from 4:30pm-6:00pm: SU 310

    • The purpose of trivia night is to help raise awareness of NHPW, through an activity that would grab the attention of others. There will be four rounds and each round will have a winner that will be able to pick a prize. Prizes will be listed at a later date.

    NHPW Movie Night: September 29th from 8pm in SU Theater

    • We will be working with SUBOG to show Burning Sands as an opportunity to learn about the affects of hazing.

    Follow our social media @uconncfsd all next week to learn more about hazing prevention information and resources.


    National Initiatives

    Take the National Hazing Prevention Pledge

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    Hazing Prevention Institute Resources

    Learn about ways to support and promote National Hazing Prevention Week on your campus or with your organization. This guide offers slides from presentations presented at the 2021 HPO Hazing Prevention Institute. View the Resource Guide.


    Term Glossary

    Bystander: One who is present but not taking part in a situation or event: a chance spectator. This means the person who is taking witness to the events that  are occurring are typically innocent parties.

    New Member Educator: Can sometimes be referred to as a pledge master, dean and various other names depending on the chapter. These elected positions are meant to guide and teach you about the organization, the history and the importance of the values carefully chosen by the organization you are joining. They are not meant to harass or endanger you. If you feel as though your New Member Educator is participating in this type of behavior, you should immediately report to the leadership of the organization along with the university.

    Bullying: To seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable). Chapters who participate in bullying creates an imbalance of power established in the new member education process. Someone who bullies uses their power-such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or their popularity to control or harm others. Usually this behavior happens in a repetitive manner. 

    Cyberbullying: Is another form of bullying, cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. 

    Binge Drinking: Binge Drinking is just one pattern  of excessive drinking, but it accounts for nearly all excessive drinking. Over 90% of US adults who drink excessively report binge drinking. 

    Groupthink: Is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of well-intentioned people make irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the belief that dissent is impossible. The problematic or premature consensus that is characteristic of groupthink may be fueled by a particular agenda– or it may be due to group members valuing harmony and coherence above critical thought. 

    Hazing Cycle: Is the systematic idea that because you have gone through a hazing process that you must encourage and participate in the same behaviors and rituals to the new members of the organizations. Although we see hazing mostly during an education process, hazing can continue post initiation. 

    Abuse: To use or treat so as to injure or damage. Abuse comes in many forms, hazing being a form. At no point should you be put into a situation where abuse/hazing is a part of they new member education process.