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Talking About Hazing
Filing A Hazing Complaint
Hidden Harm of Hazing


As students grow, it is possible for the parents and students to have emotional growing pains. For many students, coming to college is the first time they have been independent.

Here are a few tips that might help when talking to your student about hazing:

• Remember, your student is an adult
• Your student is probably a little different than when in high school
• People communicate differently
• Listen to what your student says
• Treat your student with respect

Here are some questions and statements you may want to consider starting with:

• Let your student know you care about him or her.
• Are you okay?
• Address your concern. “I’m worried about you. It’s unusual for you not to reply to my emails.”
• Are you in the process of joining any club/group/organization/team on campus? If so, what group?
• What types of activities do you do with a club/group/organization/team?
• Are you being forced to do anything unreasonable?
• Do you feel deprived of any necessity (food, shelter, sleep)?
• Is there alcohol involved with any activities?

Source: Florida State University

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Dear Parents:

While the most important thing your student does at Geneseo involves their academic life, a vibrant social life should be part of their Geneseo experience as well. With over 180 different clubs, organizations, and activities available to them, there is something for everyone. Some activities and organizations are directly related to College departments, others are totally student-run and student-governed, and there are those whose primary activities occur on-campus versus those whose activities are off-campus. But with the diversity of positive opportunities available to them, some potential negative outcomes sometimes rear their ugly heads.

Students should be welcomed into all organizations for who they are. There should be no "proving oneself worthy to others" in order to be accepted into any organization recognized by the College. College policy defines hazing as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization. And while students who join unrecognized groups are at a significantly greater risk of physical or emotional hazing, no group is totally immune from this type of unacceptable behavior.

You can help us to rid our campus of hazing in several ways. First, please encourage your students to bring these illegal and unacceptable practices to our attention. Second, encourage your student to not only stand up for themselves, but to stand up for one another. Together, hopefully we can put an end to hazing.


Leonard Sancilio, Dean of Students


Dean of Students Office: College Union 354, 245-5706
Counseling Services: Lauderdale Health Center, 245-5716
Student Conduct & Community Standards: College Union 353, 245-5620
University Police: 19 Schrader, 245-5222 (emergency line) or 245-5651