There are common signs that indicate someone may be experiencing hazing.
- Is my friend intoxicated more frequently, especially for prolonged periods of time or at odd hours of the day or night?
- Is my friend disappearing in unexplained ways throughout the day or week, or perhaps for an unplanned weekend trip?
- Is my friend obviously fatigued?
- Does my friend have new bruises, marks, cuts, or other injuries appearing all at once or in close succession?
- Is my friend dressing in a way that is inappropriate or out of the ordinary?
- Does my friend have new tattoos, body piercings, or shavings that match other members of the group or team?
- Is my friend hanging out with close friends less often, or constantly making excuses for being busy?
- Has my friend lost excitement, interest, or enthusiasm for academics, a sport, or other activities they usually enjoy?
- Is my friend missing class in a consistent and unexplained way?
- Is there a veil of secrecy? They "aren't allowed" to discuss what is taking place.
What can I do?
If you believe a friend is being hazed…
Consider approaching them in a non-confrontational way to show your care and concern.
-if they are experiencing distress, consider encouraging them to talk with someone at CPS.
-if the behaviors continue, consider reporting your concerns anonymously, or to your Assistant Dean for Student Life or another member of your residential college.
Hazing is a problem with long-term consequences. If a roommate, friend, or another student is being hazed, don’t take the risk of doing nothing.