Breaking the Cycle
Breaking traditions in a social organization, especially those involve hazing, is not an easy thing to do. But you do have the power to end these unnecessary activities. More than that, you have the responsibility to stand against hazing when it is going on. Hazing in any form is not tolerated in the University of Kentucky community. To be clear: Hazing is not tolerated in the Greek community, in athletic teams, sports clubs, registered student organizations, the band or anywhere at UK.
For hazing to stop, it must be reported. All reported incidents of hazing will be investigated given available and credible information. All individuals involved in hazing activities are subject to both criminal and/or university judicial proceedings.
University judicial proceedings are facilitated by the Office of Student Conduct in the Dean of Students Office in accordance with the University Hazing Prevention Policy.
Why is there hazing in College?
Hazing persists today because many consider the activities to be a “tradition” or a “rite of passage” which entitles the survivor to presumed special recognition. The reality of hazing is that it is an activity that demeans an individual and can result in serious emotional and/or bodily injury and death. It is power based and coercion. Hazing, as we understand it today, has no place in the University of Kentucky community.
Who is responsible for stopping hazing at University of Kentucky?
You are. If you witness a hazing incident, or if you are hazed, you are responsible for making sure you report the incident. If you think that your son or daughter is being hazed, you must report it.
If a culture of hazing exists within your organization, change it by starting new traditions and doing new activities that are not considered hazing. Incoming members of your organization will model after what they see from the veterans. If the veteran leadership sets the standard from day one of not allowing hazing, the incoming, future leaders of the organization will continue on that same path.