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LETTER FROM GREEK COORDINATOR

STATEMENT OF RELATIONSHIP (PDF)

GREEK LIFE RESOURCES

Hidden Harm of Hazing
Breaking the Cycle/Alternatives
New Member Bill of Rights
 

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 GREEK COORDINATOR:

Since their inception in 1871, fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of student and campus life at Geneseo. As value-based organizations, Greek letter societies offer students opportunities for personal growth and development related to scholarship, service, leadership, and brotherhood/sisterhood. The period of new member education is an exciting time for those pledging themselves to chapter to learn about the history and traditions of that organization. For the chapters, it is an opportunity to mentor the new members and teach them the skills they will need to be successful leaders in the organization. New members have the right to a positive, safe, and enriching experience that is free from mental, physical or emotional hazing. Hazing is antithetical to the values of Greek life and has no place in Geneseo’s Greek community. I invite you to look around this website. Learn what hazing is, discover alternatives to hazing, and empower yourself and others to stand up against hazing.

Interfraternally,
Wendi R. Kinney Coordinator, Greek Affairs/Off-Campus Living