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Hazing Prevention: Lead with Values

Hazing Has No Place in Fraternity

The goal is clear… Prevent hazing. National Hazing Prevention Week is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing, and promote prevention. Too many lives have been cut short, shattered and derailed as a result of hazing. Delta Tau Delta continues to educate members and provide resources to empower members to prevent hazing. Hear one man’s voice:


Delta Tau Delta’s commitment to education is backed by focused response and ongoing work through upcoming initiatives. 

Education:

• GreekLifeEdu for all new members which includes hazing prevention education
• Required review of risk management policies and expectations annually for all members
• Individual chapter education on hazing prevention and other risk management issues as requested by students, alumni or staff
• Partnering with campus communities to encourage members to participate in and support local education initiatives
• Values-based education through programs such as Ignite and The Charge, officer-specific education through PresX and division conferences.
• Education provided to new chapter advisors during the on-boarding process to identify and disrupt hazing behaviors.

Response:

• Investigations that prioritize partnering with campuses and chapters to develop thorough inquiries and appropriate responses
• Dedicated staff member to support chapters with previous conduct issues and/or those groups who need additional accountability resources  

Upcoming Initiatives:

• Redesigning the new member education program to better align the total new member experience with Fraternity values
• Revising our hazing definition and response alongside our organizational misconduct policy to better educate members and engage chapters in the development of response
• Adding education through programming specifically provided to new member educators.

Opportunities & Resources:

In fall 2020, Delta Tau Delta shared the Anti-Hazing Coalition program and discussion, “Love, Mom & Dad, Turning tragedy into progress,” at the start of HazingPrevention.Org’s National Hazing Prevention Week. The Anti-Hazing Coalition (AHC) is a collaboration of the National Panhellenic Conference, the North American Interfraternity Conference, and parents whose children were tragically killed by acts of hazing. The AHC is working to eradicate hazing through aggressive student educational outreach, new state-level efforts to strengthen criminal and civil penalties for hazing, and federal advocacy to use transparency to make lasting cultural change in student organizations and on university campuses.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and limited in-person experiences on campus, this nationwide presentation streamed live on social media to share their son’s stories and educate current students about hazing prevention. These families each suffered unimaginable loss because of fraternity hazing. As they share their experience they challenge ALL fraternity and sorority members to take up the fight to end hazing now.

Register for the 2021 program scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. ET / (Zoom & Facebook Live)or VIEW THE 2020 PROGRAM now. 
 
During the 2018-2019 school year, these parents spoke to more than 50,000 students. Parents are also being invited to speak with students — including fraternity men and sorority women—at both the local and national levels.

In early 2019, Delta Tau Delta invited speakers from the Anti-Hazing Coalition to all five division conferences. Richard Braham spoke to Delt chapter leaders at the Eastern Division Conference and Lianne Kowiak spoke at the Northern, Southern and Western Pacific Division Conferences. At the Western Plains Division Conference, Delts gathered for a video of “Love, Mom & Dad,” the keynote address given by the parents of Tim Piazza, Max Gruver, and Marquise Braham, at Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s 2018 John O. Moseley Leadership School. Those in attendance at all sessions were visibly touched by the losses experienced by the families. “This was a very emotional and heartfelt presentation. I would be surprised if anyone who was hazing would want to continue after seeing that,” said one participant. “It really made you think about the implications and consequences of hazing,” said another.

Facilitated question and answer sessions followed the speakers leading to valuable discussion on how men can fight hazing on their campuses. “Hazing has no place within Delta Tau Delta,” said Jack Kreman, CEO of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. “You have the power to ensure your chapter programming reflects a life of excellence.”

The parents from the Anti-Hazing Coalition challenged Delts to take home what they learned, share it with others and make the right choices to make a difference going forward. One participant said the experience helped him formulate topics of discussion within his chapter and another commented, “This showed how real hazing is and that we need to step up and put an end to it.” If you or someone you know has been or are being hazed, help is available.

Hazing prevention is everyone’s responsibility. If you witness or experience hazing or have related concerns, please tell someone. Resources for reporting hazing and for guidance in working to develop a greater values-based culture in your chapter include:

• Calling the hazing hotline (1-888-NOT-HAZE)
• Talking to your chapter advisor
• Talking to Central Office staff (317-284-0203)
• Talking to your campus fraternity/sorority life professional.

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