Alternatives to Hazing
Hazers normally cite many rationales for hazing. Please let the following provide alternatives that achieve the same objectives of these organizations WITHOUT hazing.
- Have the members of your group/organization work together on a community service project.
- Need help finding ideas on projects or who to help? The KU Center for Community Outreach is there to help!
- Visit the Adams Campus Challenge Course provided by KU Recreation Services. The challenge course is designed to build leadership skills, improve problem-solving, and build trust/communication in groups.
- In fraternities and sororities with chapter houses, the entire group might work together on a chapter room improvement project.
- Work together to plan a social, philanthropic, or athletic event with another group.
Develop Problem-Solving Abilities & Build Buy-In Within the Group
- Discuss the organization's weaknesses such as poor recruitment, apathy, and poor solutions. Then plan solutions that the organizations might then adopt.
- Create case studies for all members of the organization that attributes to the growth of the organization and it's members.
Develop Leadership Skills
- Encourage participation in school campus activities outside of the organization.
- For more info visit: https://rockchalkcentral.ku.edu/
- Encourage new members to get involved in organizational committees and/or leadership roles. For more info reach out to the Student Involvement & Leadership Center staff or visit their website.
- Develop a peer mentor program within your group for leadership roles.
- Invite school/community/business leaders/alumni into the organization to share their experiences.
Instill a Sense of Membership
- Plan special events when the entire organization gets together to attend a movie, play, religious service, or KU sporting event.
- Plan a "membership circle" when current and new members participate in a candlelight service in which each person has a chance to express what membership means to them.
- Take advantage of KU's academic college/university academic and tutoring services. The Academic Achievement & Access Center provides tutoring for a multitude of courses.
- For more info please visit: http://tutoring.ku.edu/
- Designate study hours for members of your organization.
- Invite college/university or community experts to discuss test-taking skills, study methods, time management, etc.
Build Awareness of the Organization's HIstory
- Invite an older member (an alum) to talk about the organization's early days, it's founding, special chapter traditions, and prominent former members.
Aid Career Goals
- Use college resources or seminars on resume writing, job interview skills, and/or job readiness skills.
- For more info visit: https://career.ku.edu/
Involve Members in the Community
- Get involved with campus and community service projects.
- For more info about service opportunities visit: https://volunteer.ku.edu/
- Plan fundraisers for local charitable organizations.
Improve Relations with Other Organizations
- Encourage new members to plan social or service projects with other new members of organizations.
- Work together to plan joint social or service activities.
Adapted from: StopHazing.org