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Hazing Prevention Coalition

Lehigh was a member of the Hazing Prevention Consortium from 2013-2016 as part of the founding cohort. The Hazing Prevention Consortium is a multi-year research-to-practice initiative led by StopHazing, Inc. to build an evidence base for hazing prevention on college campuses in the U.S. and beyond. The Consortium is comprised of 8 select colleges and universities from across the U.S. (Cornell, Kentucky, Lehigh, Texas A&M, University of Arizona, University of Central Florida, University of Main, University of Virginia) that have demonstrated a commitment to eliminate hazing and readiness to launch a comprehensive approach to prevention.

The goal of the Consortium is to transform hazing cultures by developing an evidence base for effective hazing prevention. Members work with StopHazing's team and affiliated prevention experts over a three-year period, receiving extensive coaching and technical assistance to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative hazing prevention strategies on their campuses and to share their results among a cohort of peers.

SOURCE: [adapted from] StopHazing.Org - Please visit for more information

Who is working with hazing prevention?

A local hazing prevention coalition meets regularly to discuss on-going prevention, education, and awareness. The coalition is comprised of staff, faculty, and students from across campus departments. Christopher Mulvihill, Associate Dean of Students, serves as the Chair.

What is the mission of the coalition?
The Hazing Prevention Coalition at Lehigh University works to empower stakeholders to recognize hazing, understand its implications, and step up to act/report when hazing occurs. Additionally, the Coalition researches best practices across the nation and implements core strategies related to hazing prevention and awareness in order to promote a healthy means of integration into our campus community. The Hazing Prevention Coalition was created in 2013 as a part of membership within the Hazing Prevention Consortium, a multi-year research-to-practice initiative led by StopHazing, Inc. to build an evidence base for hazing prevention on college campuses.
 
Additionally, members of the coalition serve on one of four working groups: Programming, Investigation & Processes, Communications & Marketing, or Current Trends/On-going Education.

What is Lehigh Doing?

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES BY YEAR

2016-17

  • Participated in NCHERM’s Hazing Investigator Training, December 2016
  • AFA Presentation, December 2016
  • Attended NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference, January 2017
  • Hazing Prevention Week held February 28th-March 3rd
  • Attended Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention, June 2017
  • Facilitated hazing prevention trainings and consulted with groups as requested
  • Monthly Coalition meetings (development of working groups)

2015-16

  • Launch of Hazing Prevention website
  • Campus-wide anti-hazing statement
  • Monthly Coalition meetings
  • Presenter Clery Center Webinar
  • Presenter HPC Core Strategies Webinar
  • AFA Presentation, December 2015
  • Step-Up Bystander Intervention Curriculum adopted 
  • Hazing Prevention Month/ #HawksAgainstHazing (Feb-Mar)
  • Conducted local case study 2.0: cultural audit
  • Participated in HPC Summit, June 2016

2014-15

  • Website Development
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • Conducted local case study: cultural audit
  • Reviewed Hazing Investigation Protocol
  • Hazing Prevention Week held February 9-13th, 2015
  • Monthly Coalition meetings
  • NASPA Presentation, May 2015
  • Attended HPC Summit, June 2015

2013-14

  • Established relationship with The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention at the University of Maine
  • Created Lehigh Hazing Coalition and began monthly Coalition meetings
  • Conducted campus hazing culture assessment
  • Hazing Prevention Week held February 4-8th, 2014
  • Received the 2014 Zeta Tau Alpha award for Innovation in Campus Hazing Prevention and Education: a $10,000 grant presented to Lehigh by the national organization HazingPrevention.org. Read more here.
       

How Do I Get Involved?

Opportunities for involvement range from webinars, participation in campus studies as well as membership on the coalition. For more information, contact Chris Mulvihill, cjm9@lehigh.edu