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Hazing is an initiation process involving harassment This action could or may intentionally or unintentionally endanger a students admission to an organization Unfortunately hazing has been a common practice across college campuses Many agree that hazing has no place on campus and should be eliminated Plain and simple hazing can be dangerous Not only does it kill innocent people it mocks embarrasses and tortures them This causes physical mental and emotional harm or distress There are anti-hazing laws in every state except Arizona Alaska Colorado Hawaii Montana Michigan Oregon Nevada New Mexico and Vermont Hazing expels and jails people It also closes chapters and raises organizational dues There are no winners in hazing This tradition that teaches respect for the group and its members should be replaced with another tradition education Actions of hazing include keeping dates and time of initiation a secret making pledges use separate entrances to the house paddling or striking telephone duty treasure hunts road trips forcing exercise forced to carry items such as bricks rocks matches coins books paddles forced to eat or drink disgusting materials working parties preventing personal hygiene physical harassment such as pushing cursing or shouting attending in a Hell week activities before being initiated practice periods of silence and any other activity All of these may result in physical emotional or mental distress Here are a few terrible incidents due to hazing Two fraternity pledges were killed in Louisiana State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Both died of alcohol poisoning after fraternity members supplied them with alcohol and coerced them to drink They drank themselves to death A student at Texas University died after the Cowboys picnic He drowned in a nearby creek with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit The organization was banned for five years and upon returning two or more years on probation In Boston in 1997 an investigation was conducted after a former fraternity member was forced to
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