University to hold National Hazing Prevention Week

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    The display of green flags on the Campus Commons lawn is one way the university is increasing hazing awareness around campus every year during National Hazing Prevention Week, Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator Gaius George said.

    George said the university will actively participate in prevention this week by placing hazing awareness tables outside of Market Square, bringing a guest speaker, showing the HAZE movie and holding a Crossing The Line webinar, an online seminar that explores the negative impacts of hazing in a school community.

    The green Gordie flags on campus represent the 1,700 student lives lost every year from alcohol related deaths, according to the Gordie Foundation website.

    According to the site, the program’s goal is to increase hazing awareness on campuses, in memory of Lynn Gordon “Gordie” Bailey Jr., an 18-year-old who was found dead at his fraternity house at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus because of extreme hazing in September 2004.

    According to the Fraternity and Sorority Life website, the university defined hazing as “any action taken, or situation created intentionally, whether on or off the campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.”

    “We need to make sure that the awareness is out there and let everybody know that hazing is a serious issue,” said George. “Hopefully after the week is over the awareness on campus will increase and hopefully everybody will understand that hazing is something that’s unacceptable.”

    Hazing awareness tables will be outside Market Square all week and Crossing The Line will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m in the Beck Geren room on the third floor of the Brown-Lupton University Union

    Upcoming events of National Hazing Prevention Week:

    Crossing the Line webinar- Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. in Beck Geren room in the Brown-Lupton University Union

    Hazing awareness tables- outside of Market Square all this week