While being part of a campus group can be a meaningful aspect of student life, hazing is a hidden problem that undermines the value of these experiences. Although hazing is not unique to Middlebury College, we believe that it is important to examine these practices openly in an attempt to overcome the secrecy that perpetuates them.
What you should know
- Hazing is a violation of Middlebury College policy and Vermont law.
- Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
- Hazing can cause significant harm to individuals, groups and the College.
- Hazing has occurred in social houses, athletic teams, performance groups, and other organizations.
- Groups that haze often view it as positive and necessary.
- Groups that haze can achieve the positive outcomes they seek from hazing through non-hazing means.
Special thanks to Cornell University for materials and assistance in creating this website.
Visit go/hazing to read the full policy.
In the spring of 2011 the Inter-House Council and the office of the Dean of the College brought to campus hazing educator Dan Wrona to address Social House members and athletics teams. His presentation was recorded and may be viewed online.