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National Hazing Prevention Week to be recognized on campus

RELEASED: Sept. 15, 2011

Prevent Hazing

EAU CLAIRE — Greek Life recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire coincides with National Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 19-23. Campuses and organizations across the country participate in the national initiative to educate students, parents, faculty and staff, community members, local and campus police and others so that they can more easily recognize hazing and intervene when it occurs. Hazing is broadly defined as any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them, regardless of a person's willingness to participate.

All fraternities and sororities at UW-Eau Claire have a zero-tolerance hazing policy. All three sororities — Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma — are employing targeted campus advertising for National Hazing Prevention Week and participating in the Hazing Prevention #40Answers Campaign on Twitter. Follow PreventHazing to join the conversation.

Hazing is an issue that is not limited to fraternities and sororities. A 2008 study found high rates of hazing nationwide in varsity athletics, club and intramural sports and performing arts organizations.

Greek Life is advised by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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