Hank Nuwer, lead consultant and expert on hazing education for the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (NCSI) Advisory Council, a program of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, leads participants in an overview of hazing indicators to allow institutions to examine the best practices and policies available to recognize and to prevent hazing behaviors.
On the agenda are important sections on an institutional comprehensive hazing policy, procedures/enforcement of the hazing policy, the necessity of an annual review of hazing procedures, the formation of a strategic plan based on campus specific needs assessment, a guide to best practices when sponsoring hazing awareness and prevention education programs, the need for training of staff with regard to prevention, detection and investigation of hazing behaviors, the role of anti-hazing task forces on campus, and reporting mechanisms.
As a result of the presentation, participants will:
- be able to identify seven indicators that address policies pertaining to hazing as a non-criminal activity and activity that rises to the level of a criminal activity;
- be fully confident about understanding the definition and nuances of hazing;
- be cognizant of best practices to educate students as a prevention strategy;
- be aware of the responsibilities and duties of an institution following the revelation that a hazing activity has occurred; and
- gain confidence that best practices and procedures have been addressed on hazing with regard to prevention, addressing of allegations, and investigations/penalties.