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Hazing Education at the University of Virginia

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Recognizing & Reporting Hazing

Recognizing Hazing

Friends, roommates, RAs, parents, coaches, faculty, staff and community members are often the first people to identify when something seems “off” with a particular student.  It could seem, subtle, harmless or innocuous, but that behavior may be symptomatic of a student that is a victim of hazing.

While not exhaustive, the following are potential warning signs that a student may be involved in hazing related activities:

  • Student appears exhausted and sleep deprived
  • Student seems withdrawn from normal activity; personality changes
  • Moving slowly or physical exhaustion; problems moving or sitting
  • Students being required to carry unusual objects/materials
  • Extreme weight change/loss
  • Communication with student drops off
  • Student references being “unavailable” if you try to meet with or contact them. Student offers vague references as to why s/he is unavailable.