- Linfield College
Fraternity and Sorority Life

How To Prevent Hazing

All members of the Linfield community are responsible for ensuring that Linfield remains free from hazing. Help by doing the following:

  • Before joining any organization at Linfield, be certain that you and the organization’s leadership have discussed and signed a statement in support of maintaining the dignity and respect of all community members, promising not to accept or engage in hazing.
  • If you believe that you have been asked to participate in an activity that may be considered hazing, contact the Linfield administrator responsible for the organization (coach, advisor, coordinator, staff/faculty member). A careful evaluation of the activity can be made to ensure its appropriateness.

Ways to Stop Hazing

Reduce the Power Differential Between New Members & Initiates

Members of fraternities & sororities, athletic teams, clubs & other organizations do not have an innate desire to haze, but they are often placed in situations where they can exert power over new members. By creating an atmosphere where new members can discuss their experiences with existing members without punishment, members will find fewer opportunities to haze.

Give Members Time to Reflect Their Actions

Members in a high-pressure hazing situation are more likely to think irrationally & act in demeaning ways. Planning pledging activities in advance & allowing members to understand & discuss their role in the proceedings reduces the possibility of making poor, hasty decisions.

Encourage Members to Voice Concern

Those who oppose hazing are less likely to speak out if they feel they are alone in their opinion. Even a single member who speaks out against hazing can encourage others to do the same.

Be Willing to Amend Traditions

The same education methods may not work for every new member class. Organizations should consider multiple solutions to solving problems & use campus & organizational resources to increase their creativity. Consider the activities you create as part of a new tradition for future members.

Develop an Anti-Hazing Policy

In addition to Linfield & your national organizational regulations, create & distribute an anti-hazing policy for your own team or chapter. Provide an outline of non-acceptable activities & behaviors, & create internal sanctions for members who violate the policy.

Share Ideas With Other Organizations

Talk with members of other organizations to discuss hazing-related incidents & strategies to reduce hazing. Connect with other organizations to see how they educate new members in accordance with national policy.

Take Advantage of Campus Resources

Linfield provides resources to foster leadership development on campus. Many offices & departments on campus host student leadership workshops that can be incorporated into an organization’s new member education program. In addition, the Offices of Fraternity & Sorority Life Office & Student Affairs are available to discuss strategies for change & ways to combat hazing. If you have personally experienced hazing of any kind, the Linfield Student Health, Wellness, & Counseling Center is a great resource to connect with to monitor your physical and mental health going forward. If there is ever an emergency regarding hazing, call 911 or contact Campus Public Safety.

How To Report If Hazing Has Occurred

  • If anyone is in immediate danger, dial 911 and/or contact Linfield Public Safety (503) 883-SAFE (7233).
  • Submit an Official Incident Report to the College - If you wish to file a Formal Report that will be investigated.
  • Report directly to any of the following Linfield Administration:
    • Athletics: (503) 883-2410, gkillgor@linfield.edu, HHPA 221
    • Linfield Public Safety: (503) 883-SAFE (7233), cps@linfield.edu, Cozine Hall
    • Dean of Students: (503) 883-2436, dos@linfield.edu, Melrose 110
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life: (503) 883-2511, fsl@linfield.edu, Riley 301
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities: (503) 883-2349, ahammond@linfield.edu, Melrose 110
  • Anonymously Report Hazing - This anonymous report form is used to gather and record information regarding incidents of hazing on or around our campus, and to inform the community about campus climate. Do not use this form if you would like the college to respond to this report as a conduct violation. The college will not/cannot investigate reports submitted anonymously. Completing this form does NOT constitute a police report or a student conduct report. This information is submitted for informational purposes only.
  • Report Sexual or Relationship Violence - If the hazing could also be considered sexual misconduct