In the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, we spend significant time educating students on hazing issues which are holding our Greek community from reaching its full potential. There are several facts to be aware of when thinking about hazing. First, Washington has a no-tolerance hazing law that requires an organization to lose recognition from the University if they are found responsible for hazing or the University is in violation of state law. Second, approximately one fraternity or sorority is found responsible for hazing every year at WSU and if organizations who are not currently hazing do not talk about it, it often creeps back in. Third, while hazing may, in the eyes of some, bond or unite a new member class, it often prevents fraternities, sororities, and individual members from reaching their full potential and will divide the chapter.
Hazing is not tolerated at Washington State University. If you witness acts of hazing, please provide us with the following information in order to begin investigating the issue. We ask that you provide your contact information so we have a viable reason to follow up on the report. Please note that anonymous hazing reports are not easily followed up upon, or enforceable .
Hazing may be reported by completing the Hazing Incident form located on the Center for Community Standards webpage. You may also call (509)335-4532.
HazingPrevention.Org is a national organization and a valuable resource for students, parents, and educators seeking to learn more about hazing and obtaining resources for prevention efforts.
The Harbor Institute partners with higher education institutions across the country to provide education and resources for a variety of issues facing collegiate students, including hazing prevention. The Harbor Institute exclusively focuses on risk management in the Multicultural Greek Community.
NHPW is designated as the last full week of September each year and is an opportunity for WSU Greek life and the greater WSU community to raise awareness about the problem of hazing. The weeks events are sponsored by the United Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council. Please visit their pages for additional information or to get involved.