UCF to hold National Hazing Prevention Week events
The UCF National Hazing Prevention Week Committee is set to host hazing awareness events beginning Monday as part of a nationwide effort to prevent hazing.
According to the committee's 2014 study, 21.3 percent of males and 14.9 percent of females at UCF who were studied said they had experienced at least one hazing behavior since they had become a student.
In an effort to raise hazing awareness several UCF offices and student groups, such as Recreation and Wellness, Community Support Services, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Student Involvement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Union, LEAD Scholars Academy, University Compliance, UCF ROTC, UCF Marching Knights, Office of Student Conduct, Wellness and Health Promotions, Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Diversified Greek Council have partnered up to host educational sessions and activities to benefit the UCF community.
On Tuesday, students can sign an anti-hazing pledge in the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during an event called "These Hands Don't Haze!" When signing, students will be asked to prevent hazing before it happens, stop it if seen and report it to someone after it's occurred, according to a press release.
A Silent March will be held by student leaders from Fraternity and Sorority Life on Wednesday at noon on Memory Mall.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., interested guests can listen to keynote speaker Traciana Graves in the Student Union room 316. Graves has been regularly featured on FOX Business, AOL and the Huffington Post for her work in creating safe and cohesive workplaces and campuses across the nation, according to the release.
Other events include a bystander workshop, a mock student-conduct hearing and a graduate student case competition.
For more information about UCF's National Hazing Prevention Week, visit http://antihazing.sdes.ucf.edu/.
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