Research and Theory
National Study of Student Hazing
In 2008 researchers at the University of Maine conducted a national study on student hazing to examine the culture surrounding hazing and to begin to developing efforts to prevent campus hazing. More than 11,00 students at 53 universities and colleges participated in the study. Data was collected through an online survey and follow-up interviews with researchers were conducted at 18 campuses across the country.
In 2008, a national study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine found:
- 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and other extra-curricular
organizations are hazed.
- 47% of students experienced hazing in high school.
- Hazing occurs in a range of student activities and teams and includes
behaviors that are abusive, dangerous, and often illegal.
- The vast majority of college students do not report hazing to campus officials.
- College students recognize hazing as part of campus culture.
- Nine out of ten students who experience hazing in college do not consider
themselves to have been hazed
Hazing in the View: College Students at Risk outlines the initial findings of the National Study of Student Hazing. The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention has also created the National Agenda for Hazing Prevention in Education based on the initial findings of the study.
More information on the National Study of Student Hazing can be found at: