The College of Wooster appreciates and values the contributions made by its student organizations and teams. However, the College condemns hazing practices as requirements for membership, advancement, or continued good standing in organizations. We hope all of our students have the chance to experience a small community with similar values and interests working together for a common purpose or goal enriches the college experience. One wonders however, how then does hazing become a part of such a group experience? Why do students chose to engage in hazing activities? Why do students allow themselves to be hazed? Why do parents or friends of those being hazed hesitate to report it, particularly in light of the possibility of deadly outcomes?
The history of hazing dates back as early as the 1400s. It has pervaded society and has been visible in the military, in fraternities and sororities, in college honor and secret societies, in athletics, and in many student organizations such as marching bands. Recently it has garnered media attention as its impacts have had a chilling effect on college, high school and even middle school communities.
The passage of Colin’s law in October 2021 has brought new found focus to our efforts to attempt to eradicate hazing. Leaders at the College agree that a new sense of urgency exists and a united effort is needed to aggressively address hazing prevention. This website is offered in an effort to create awareness and bring hazing into the open so that it can be addressed. Realizing that unhealthy hazing traditions do not disappear easily, the College of Wooster is committed to education that will change cultures that support hazing and to supporting students who have concerns.