If you identify something that might be hazing, it is important to act on it by asking questions, trusting your gut, and responding to the situation.
Ask clarifying questions
Be direct and ask! Don’t automatically assume something is hazing. Ask clarifying questions to help determine if a behavior is hazing or someone is being hazed.
Approaching these conversations is situational. It is important to build rapport with the individual.
“How have you been recently?”
“I’ve noticed ________. Can you tell me about that?”
- You haven’t been completing assignments
- You’ve missed meetings
- Your appearance has changed
- You look tired
Trust your gut
Even if someone says they are not being hazed, if you still have concerns, move forward with responding. Remember that hazing occurs even if a person wants to participate.
If you believe someone is being hazed, report the behavior in as much detail as possible.
- Organization name
- When and where the event(s) occurred
- Videos, screenshots, or pictures can be uploaded directly in the reporting form
- Names of individuals involved (if known)
- How you became aware of the information
Hazing reports can be made anonymously.
Vols speak up! Staying silent puts your fellow Vols at risk. Silence only encourages the behavior to continue. Check out these tips on how to speak up.
Are you or someone you know being hazed?
Hazing can affect people in many different ways including: anger, confusion, betrayal, fear, resentment, embarrassment, humiliation, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety and/or depression. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these feelings, contact 865-974-HELP or complete the HELP referral form.
Know that you are not alone and there are resources to support you.