Dear Campus Community,

This week, we are marking Hazing Prevention Week on campus. Hazing is dangerous to the health and safety of our community and impacts all people involved. Hazing occurs through acts both large and small, and can take a physical, mental, and emotional toll on participants. Many times, those involved do not recognize acts and behaviors as hazing.

Some important questions to ask yourself in identifying hazing behaviors:

  • Is this causing emotional or physical stress to others, or stress to myself or others?
  • Does participating in this activity violate my values or those of this organization?
  • Am I asked to keep these activities a secret? Why?
  • Would we get in trouble if a college administrator or faculty member walked by and saw us?
  • Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
  • Am I doing anything illegal?

Access Shippensburg University’s antihazing policy and resources on, including our biannual hazing report and how to report incidents of hazing, or by calling the Office of Student Development at 717-477-1164.

Additionally, Shippensburg University has formed a Hazing Prevention Working Group actively focused on hazing prevention in our community. The committee is another resource:

Kyle Miller, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Ashley Grimm, Athletics

Trever Famulare, Music & Theatre Arts

Melissa Hazzard, Campus Recreation

Emily Javitt, Leadership & Involvement

Dr. Cheryl Slattery, Teacher Education

Megan Silverstrim, Communications & Marketing

Dr. Laurie Cella, English

Diane Jefferson, Multicultural Student Affairs

Dr. Matthew Fetzer, Criminal Justice

Kapri Brown, Multicultural Student Affairs

Hannah Horowitz, Class of 2022

Kurt Dunkel, Connection AOD & Wellness

Arianna Floyd, Class of 2023

Noah Turk, Class of 2023

We encourage you to participate in some of the events happening on-campus this week. Together, we can stand against hazing.


Charles E. Patterson, PhD