The Dangers Of Hazing And What's Being Done About It

The Dangers Of Hazing And What's Being Done About It

Since the 1970s there has been at least one hazing-related death every year on U.S. college campuses. Why the practice persists and what's being done to stop it.

For the past four decades, at least one student a year has died as a result of hazing on U.S. college campuses. Last year hazing claimed the lives of two young people, one at Cornell University and another at Florida A&M. At least 44 states have laws designed to curb harmful rites of induction into fraternities, sororities, marching bands and other campus groups. But those who break the laws are rarely prosecuted. Some anti-hazing advocates call for ridding campuses of the Greek societies that often have a long tradition of initiation rites that sometimes turn dangerous. Others argue these groups and clubs do more good than harm. Guest host Steve Roberts talks with a panel of experts about efforts to stop hazing.

Guests

Hank Nuwer

associate professor of journalism at Franklin College and author of several books on hazing, including "Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge-Drinking."

Susan Lipkins

psychologist who specializes in conflict and violence in high school and college, and author of "Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment and Humiliation."

Sara Lipka

senior editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. David Skorton

president of Cornell University. As a physician, he treated teenagers and young adults with heart disease.

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