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National Hazing Statistics

55% of college students have been hazed.

9 out of 10 people don’t realize they are being hazed.

95% of those who were aware they were being hazed did not report it.

82% of hazing deaths were alcohol related.

47% of students have been hazed before coming to college. 

25% of students have been hazed before age 13.

National data was primarily sourced from the national study Hazing in View: Students at Risk conducted by Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Mary Madden, Ph.D.



“Hazing isn’t simply about the activity… it’s also about the process—the ways in which power and control are exercised among group members and how new members or rookies are made to feel about their place in the group.” (E. Allan, 2004)


Types of hazing

  • Forced/coerced alcohol consumption
  • Beating/paddling or other forms of assault
  • Burning/branding
  • Forced exercise*
  • Verbal abuse
  • Personal servitude
  • Social isolation
  • Threats/intimidation
  • Embarrassing activities
  • Power imbalance between new members and the rest of the group
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures without appropriate protection
  • Pointless tasks

*Exercise is only hazing if it is not in line with the mission of the organization. Exercise may be expected in groups whose mission is centered around physical activity such as sports organizations or ROTC. It is not something that should occur in academic, social, or religious organizations.