Ideas to Prevent Hazing

December 6, 2011

The part of our survey that asks for ideas about what FAMU might do to stop hazing has generated some fascinating responses so far, all from people who claim firsthand brushes with the problem themselves. That instantly makes them interesting in a way beyond the manner we usually discuss hazing — with the question of personal experience hanging in the air but never quite stated outright.

From a current band member:

“For the Marching 100, remove those who have blood on their hands from hazing… and start the band over to try to fix the reputation and image.”

An alum from the 2005-2011 era gives a somewhat counterintuitive take:

“As ridiculous as it may actually seem, if moderate hazing is accepted, it takes the thrill of hazing all together and thus more extreme accounts of hazing will actually be less common.

“People (especially young people) are more likely to try to do what they know is illegal if they think they can get away with it. If some of that is taken away, most of the desire is taken with it.”

An alum from the 2005-2011 era:

“It seems as though the only way to aviod it, is to not pledge at all. Another option would be to wait and do a grad chapter.”

An alum from the ’98-2004 era:

“An anonymous reporting system that does not require identifying information initially unless the situation is extremely violent. Maybe a hotline similar to crime stoppers. offering a reward possibly. 1-800-stop-hazing (example). From my understanding almost every organization at FAMU hazes. It is a huge problem.”

An alum from the 2005-2011 era:

“Ban any organization found to be hazing.”

An alum from the ’91-’97 era. (The Golden Age!):

“Dismantle the Greek system and the Marching 100. These are probably the biggest sources of perpetual, institutionalized hazing on campus.

“Also, have no organization on campus whose admission criteria is anything but academic, artistic, or athletic achievement as validated by a third-party source. Hazing exists primarily because there is no way to objectively distinguish between ‘good’ candidates and ‘bad’ candidates, aside from organizations who have a professional or specific social mission (e.g., NSBE or the Caribben Students’ Association.)”

An alum from the ’80s:

“Expulsions from school. If the Organization has been suspended more than once, their charter should be removed and cannot be reactivated for a period of 10 years. Persons convicted of hazing should be expelled from the organization permanently.”

An alum from the class of 1962:

“Membership intake should only take place in the presence of an adult Alumnus Member. No interaction should be done outside of the supervision of the same Alumnus Member. Anyone charged and convicted of hazing should be permanently removed from the organization on a National Basis.”

From a current FAMU student:

“Help the victims feel comfortable reporting hazing.”

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