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LETTER FROM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

NCAA HAZING PREVENTION RESOURCES

Hidden Harm of Hazing
Breaking the Cycle
Alternatives to Hazing
 

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW CAN HURT US  MOST:

The concept of Hidden Harm has to do with the fact that we don't know everything about the newest members of our organizations. Someone who has just joined an organization or team could have a hidden background that would make them highly susceptible to serious repercussions if hazed. Hazing can be physically or psychologically harmful to even perfectly healthy individuals, but mix hazing with any one of numerous issues individuals may be dealing with, and the damage can increase exponentially.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Consider the "baggage" that today's students can bring with them to college. Have you dealt with or do you know anyone who: Suffers from depression or another mental health issue? Has served in the military? Been sexually assaulted? Comes from an alcoholic family? Has suffered the loss of a friend or family member? Has been abused physically or emotionally? Has been hazed or bullied before? All of the above backgrounds - as well as countless others we can't even imagine, much less know about - could put someone at higher risk of being retraumatized through hazing. Source: hazingprevention.org

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LETTER FROM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:

Dear student-athlete,

Participating in athletics at SUNY Geneseo is a privilege that comes with increased visibility and responsibility on our campus and in our community. You are an ambassador of the College, and it is an expectation that your conduct will reflect high ethical standards and integrity. It is also expected that you will follow all rules set forth by the NCAA, SUNYAC, and SUNY Geneseo, including the student-athlete code of conduct.

Working closely with your coaches and teammates to create a positive team atmosphere is critical to the success of our program. In doing so it is important that you are considerate and respectful of the needs and beliefs of all members of your team. New members to your team should not be asked or pressured to earn membership to the team in any way inconsistent with the guidelines set forth by the NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook.

Hazing is "any act committed against someone joining or becoming a member or maintaining membership in any organization that is humiliating, intimidating or demeaning, or endangers the health and safety of the person" (NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook). If you are asked or pressured to participate in any activity that you feel falls within this definition you should contact your coach, the Athletic Director, or the University Police Department.

Please browse this website for additional information on hazing and hazing prevention. Remember, "Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive!"

GO Knights!