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Is it Hazing Continued?
1. Would I want to have a photographer from the local newspaper present to take a picture for publication?
2. Would I want my parents to know I was doing this?
3. Could I defend my actions in a court of law?
4. Do I want to jeopardize my membership in the organization or status in the University?
5. Do I want to jeopardize my organization’s status with the University or (Inter)National Headquarters?
6. Would the activity increase the respect for the organization by non-affiliated members?
7. Do my actions serve a constructive, developmental purpose? Is that purpose in line with the values of the organization?

Examples of constructive activities and destructive activities are included below.

Constructive Activities

  • Holding mandatory study sessions
  • Scheduling a pledge class goal setting retreat
  • Educating each new member on the responsibilities of each chapter officer, chairman, and chapter operations
  • Expecting high scholastic performance
  • Conducting meetings exclusively for new members
  • Preparing a new member publication and directory
  • Sponsoring new member recruitment events for prospective new members
  • Appointing or electing officers and chairmen of the new member class by the new member class
  • Participating in team building exercises such as ropes courses, paintball, bowling, etc.
  • Expecting basic knowledge of the chapter, its ideals and principles
  • Educating new members about proper social and personal development
  • Involving new members in campus activities and other recognized student organizations
  • Participating in intramural events

Destructive Activities

  • Forcing consumption of food or alcohol
  • Requiring new members to “line up” or walk in a particular way
  • Expecting new members to perform any sort of calisthenics or form of physical training (push-ups, situps, jumping jacks, etc.)
  • Forcing new members to way any type of clothing which is embarrassing or identical in nature
  • Expecting new members to use separate entrances to a house or housing facility
  • Requiring new members to carry items such as rocks, coins, paddles, books, food, etc.
  • Preventing or restricting class attendance or sleep
  • Mandating any sort of personal servitude (running errands, cleaning rooms, etc.)
  • Forcing strenuous physical activities
  • Mandating the application of any sort of substance to new members’ bodies
  • Marking or branding of new members’ physical bodies

Source: Pi Kappa Alpha, Chapter Statement of Position on Hazing: List of Activities

"As a general rule of thumb, if you have to ask if an activity is hazing, it probably is......"

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