Members of Kappa Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta hold a banner against hazing. (Nicole Strong/TCU360)

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Members of Kappa Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta hold a banner against hazing. (Nicole Strong/TCU360)
Members of Kappa Sigma and Phi Gamma Delta hold a banner against hazing (Nicole Strong/TCU360).

TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life raised awareness about hazing on a national scale this week through National Hazing Prevention Week.

Tabling events were held outside of Market Square as part of the annual campaign, which focuses on the education and prevention of hazing.

Fraternity and sorority members passed out merchandise, and students could sign a hazing prevention banner. The week also included presentations from Clarybel Peguero and Lorin Phillips who educated students on the dangers of hazing.

Sophomore Grant Ginsburg, a double major in finance and accounting, said hazing is a national issue.

“I believe this is a very significant problem, not only here but all across the country, and I would like students to be aware of what is happening,” Ginsburg said.

In its extreme forms, hazing includes physical brutality such as paddling, branding or beating. However other activities such as scavenger hunts, road trips and treasure hunts are also considered hazing.

TCU has a zero-tolerance policy on hazing and stands in agreement with the State of Texas’ Hazing Law.

Phi Kappa Sigma was recently removed from campus in part due to hazing. Two other Greek organizations are currently on probation for hazing, according to a campus-wide email sent by Campus Life.

Sigma Kappa President Madison White helped to raise awareness during National Hazing Prevention Week. She said organizations can benefit from events that make students aware of hazing.

“We’re hoping events like these can help students be a voice for change and prevention in the TCU community,” White said.

Two students sign an anti-hazing banner. (Courtesy of TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life)
Two students sign an anti-hazing banner (Courtesy of TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life).

Sophomore economics major David Laughlin said he learned a lot by participating in National Hazing Prevention Week and has tools to be prevent hazing.

“I now know more about the problem of hazing as well as how to solve it within my own community,” Laughlin said.

Students being hazed should contact the Dean of Campus Life (817)-257-7926 or TCU Police (817)-257-7777 or the Hazing Hotline (817)-257-HAZE.