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Parents Hazing Prevention

Talking about hazing is never going to be easy or fun, but it is important to do so.  Research shows that students are most likely to talk to their peers or family about hazing, so you may know something is going on before anyone at UK does (National Hazing Study). Make sure your son or daughter knows he/she can always come to you whenever he/she has any concerns or wants to talk.  Spend more time listening than talking.  Ask questions and be as specific as possible in your questioning.  Avoid “yes” or “no” questions.  Here are some questions to ask regarding campus involvement:

  • Are you getting involved in any clubs or groups on campus?
  • What do you have to do to become a member of that club?
  • What kinds of activities does the club organize or participate in?
  • What is the purpose of the club?
  • What do you enjoy about the club?
  • Who have you gotten to know in the club?

If you suspect hazing, you might ask the following questions:

  • Have you been asked to do anything that made you uncomfortable?
  • If yes, what happened?
  • Can we report it to the appropriate authorities?

Sadly, hazing is often in the news.  When a story regarding hazing hits the news, use that as an opportunity to dialogue with your student about the issue.