Hazing Prevention Week kicks off Sept. 19

Huskies don’t haze. NIU’s Greek community wants to make sure everyone on campus gets that message, so they are organizing Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 19-23.

“We take hazing very seriously. We make full investigations on all reports of hazing… and we have removed organizations from campus for hazing allegations,” said Morgan Brickley, NIU Associate Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life.

A complete definition of hazing can be found in the student code of conduct. But simply put, hazing is any action or speech that can cause physical or psychological harm to a human, Brickley said.

“Students will ask, ‘If we require everyone to go to study hour, are we hazing them?’ If the whole chapter is going, then no. You are helping them improve themselves. You are creating a space to become a better member,” Brickley says.

Though the Greeks are the group who has done the most to eradicate it, hazing is not unique to them, Brickley says. Nationally, the No. 1 reported hazing incidents are from athletic team members, followed by fraternities and sororities, and then club sports. Hazing Prevention Week is for all students, she added.

Students should think about joining an organization because of its values and not have to worry about getting hurt, said Taylor Rosenberg, Student Director of Greek Affairs. A sorority member herself, Rosenberg said being a Greek is about finding the second family you are looking for – a family that would never harm you.

“(My sisters) lift me up, they don’t bring me down. I want every organization on campus to feel the same way,” she said.

Activities during Hazing Prevention week will focus on specific values organizations should hold, such as loyalty, leadership and service. Events include a workshop on how to build personal bonds within organizations, a nationally known hazing prevention speaker, Jordan Fischette, a Privilege Walk and a special pledge drive on the MLK Commons where all students will be encouraged to sign an anti-hazing pledge.

Events include:

Monday, Sept. 19: Huskies Don’t Haze Pledge, MLK Commons, 12 to 2 p.m.

Tuesdasy, Sept. 20: Privilege Walk, Duke Ellington Ballroom, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Courageous Decisions Keynote Speaker, Jordan Fischette: Carl Sandburg Auditorium, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22:  We’re Black and Red, Wear Green! Campus community should dress in green to support awareness of anti-hazing

Friday, Sept. 23: Huskies Don’t Haze Pledge, MLK Commons, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

“We want every single person to sign the pledge. You don’t have to be a Greek. You could be in the dorms and sign the pledge saying, ‘I’m not going to haze in the dorm, or athletics, or part of any club,” said Rosenberg.

For more information about the week’s events, contact Taylor Rosenberg at trosenberg@niu.edu. To learn more about hazing prevention, visit HazingPrevention.org.

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