What you can do

Individuals

  • If you are ever in immediate danger and/or require urgent care, call 911, HUPD (617-495-1212), or the HUHS After Hours Urgent Care Clinic (617-495-5711) immediately
  • Remember that you are not alone at Harvard and do not have to tolerate hazing. Recognize that you have not signed on for hazing when you join a student organizations or athletic team
  • Recognize that most group members and teammates want you to feel welcomed and to contribute to the success of your organization
  • Feel empowered to ask questions, raise objections, and, if necessary, tell someone.

Student Leaders

  • Respect your peers, be a leader, and educate yourself and your colleagues.
  • Treat your colleagues and teammates with RESPECT. Taken seriously, this would preclude any activity that involves shaming or humiliating other students or causes any form of physical or psychological pain. If your group previously conducted an activity that upset you, why make someone else go through the same negative experience?
  • Demonstrate LEADERSHIP traits. Leaders are responsible for the safety and well-being of individuals in their organization or team and for the security of the organization itself. Hazing is not compatible with either. Hazing puts members at risk for various unintended consequences. Also, leaders should motivate others to engage in meaningful activities out of respect for the group and not due to fear of repercussions. Hazing can stir up unnecessary feelings of fear among new or potential members.
  • Make sure to EDUCATE yourself, as well as your teammates or fellow group members, by reading the hazing laws and Harvard policies and understanding which activities are acceptable and which are not. Even if some hazing activities seem harmless to you, hazing can bring your organization or team into disrepute, not to mention put you at risk for civil or criminal. In addition, the Harvard College Handbook for Students make clear that the College may hold you responsible for hazing activities as an officer, even if you were not directly involved.

Alumni

  • Alumni can have tremendous influence with current members of student organizations or teams they participated in or led as undergraduates. Alumni are often the authority when it comes to an organization or team’s history and traditions. The College expects its graduates to display exemplary leadership – to encourage their old organizations or teams to plan positive activities and treat members with respect. Traditional activities should be adapted if possible to avoid harms associated with hazing. If hazing is a part of a group’s history, alumni have a responsibility to make sure that history does not continue into the future.
  • Further, even though it may seem like tradition for current students to visit your residence and participate in unsafe drinking or other hazing activities, remember that you open yourself up to criminal and civil liability for supplying alcohol to minors or condoning any hazing activities.