EWU is committed to fostering a campus culture where students, faculty and staff feel safe and an able to actively engage in opportunities on and off campus. As a result of this mission, there is no place for hazing at EWU and it is prohibited according to the EWU Student Conduct Code and Washington State Hazing Law.
A violation of this prohibition renders both the organization and participating individuals subject to discipline. Any student who is aware of or in the presence of hazing is also subject to discipline. If you or someone you know suspect hazing is occurring, please alert the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office at 509-359-6960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so appropriate action can be taken.
How to Prevent Hazing
- Make your group aware of the dangers of hazing and its consequences
- Educate all members on hazing, its signs, how to report it and ways to prevent it
- Foster a safe, inclusive environment within your group by creating alternative group bonding and teamwork activities
- Encourage members to report any signs of hazing
- Take reports of hazing seriously and investigate them
- Hold your members and leaders accountable if hazing arises. If a member knows hazing is occurring and fails to report it, they are just as responsible as those engaging in hazing
Bystander Intervention to Prevent or Stop Hazing
To help combat hazing and for the prevention efforts to be effective, the entirety of the campus has a role to play. There are various ways that an individual can intervene or disrupt the activities if they see someone at risk. An active bystander is someone who recognizes a questionable situation and chooses how to respond.
Five steps to an effective bystander intervention:
- Identify the behavior is happening
- Interpret behavior as a problematic
- Recognize responsibility
- Acquire skills so that you can respond appropriately
- Take action (direct, distract, delegate, discuss)
The key to keeping your friends and others safe is to learn how to intervene in a way that fits the situation and your comfort level. Having this knowledge on hand can give you the confidence to step in when something is not right. Intervening can make all the difference, but never be done in a way that will put your own safety at risk.
How to Report Hazing?
If you or another person is in immediate danger, call 911.
Contact the Student Rights and Responsibilities office at 509-359-6960 or email email@example.com
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