This 15-minute documentary, produced by the Clery Center, interweaves personal experiences of victims and their families to illustrate the effects of hazing and to inspire students to create safer campus communities. The documentary addresses both how to recognize hazing and how to take realistic steps to prevent hazing on campus.
Columbia’s ongoing hazing prevention efforts focus on working in partnership with students to ensure an understanding of the distinction between appropriate initiation, appreciation, and welcoming rituals versus hazing of new members. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a club or organizational advisor, a coach, or staff member to discuss plans and ideas about appreciation and initiation activities in advance. We would always prefer to work together to modify an event instead of launching an investigation as a result of inappropriate behavior.