hazing prevention


What is hazing?

Every year, college students are injured or killed during events associated with hazing. The most common were hazing behaviors involving excess drinking, social isolation, personal servitude, and humiliation.  Students must endure these rituals in order to gain acceptance in a particular group on campus. Recent deaths on college campuses have spurred anti-hazing laws across the U.S.

SafeTEA Podcast

Listen to a podcast episode on College Hazing, hear from a survivor and our expert panel.


hazing in the u.s.

We’ve had 101 hazing related deaths in the U.S. from 2000-2022. Here are only a few of the lives that have been lost or permanately altered forever. (Source)

– “Gordie” Bailey Jr. September 17th, 2004

– Robert Champion Jr., November 2011

Chun “Michael” Deng, December 2013

– Nolan Burch, November 2014 (Story to your right)

– Maxwell Gruver, Septemer 2017

Timothy J. Piazza, February 2017

Collin Wiant, November 2018

– Sam Martinez, November 2019

– Danny Santulli, October 2021 (left deaf, blind and unable to walk)

– Stone Foltz, March 2021

– Phat Nguyen, November 2021

– Bailey Broderick, November 2021

– Adam Oakes, February 2022

How do we stop hazing?

On September 17, 2004, 18-year-old Lynn Gordon “Gordie” Bailey, Jr. died of alcohol overdose at the University of Colorado after a fraternity hazing event. Gordie and his fellow pledge brothers were given large amounts of liquor and wine to consume in a short time period, and Gordie was left to “sleep it off” after he became heavily intoxicated and passed out. He was found dead the next morning, face down on the fraternity house floor. No one had called for help.

The Gordie Foundation provides lifesaving education to college and high school students nationwide in honor of Gordie and the many other students whose lives have been senselessly lost to hazing and alcohol overdose.

Thanks to the foundation we are able to share these helpful and maybe even, lifesaving videos.


Hazing Prevention: 5 Ds for Effective Bystander Intervention

About Rachael’s First Week

Rachael’s First Week LIVE! is a program dedicated to protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men. 

These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions. 

The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.


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