Study Says Hazing in College Is Still Common

Despite being illegal almost everywhere, hazing still happens—and a lot.

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Despite being illegal almost everywhere, hazing still happens—and a lot, the Associated Press reports. Trying to prove what most of us already know, two professors from the University of Maine collected information from 11,482 students at 53 institutions. They determined that more than half of students in campus organizations are hazed.

The survey recorded various types of hazing such as public humiliation, exposure to the elements, copious alcohol consumption, and watching or engaging in sex acts.

Other stats:

  • 74% of varsity athletes were hazed
  • 73% of fraternity and sorority members
  • 64% in club sports
  • 56% in performing arts organizations
  • 28% in academic clubs
  • 20% in honor societies
  • Also:

    • 25% of hazed students think the group's coach or adviser knew.
    • 47% of respondents had already been hazed in high school.
    • 90% who reported participating in behavior that is defined as hazing didn't believe they had been hazed.