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OUR MISSION: To provide methods of prevention and intervention in hazing; to explain the psychology of hazing in high school, college, the military, and the workplace.

What is hazing? Hazing is a process, based on a tradition that is used by groups to discipline and to maintain the hierarchy (i.e., a pecking order).

Where does hazing occur? Hazing occurs in middle school and high schools, as well as in colleges, the military and on the job. It occurs all over the United States and throughout the world.

Who is involved in hazing? All kinds of people are hazed, and all kinds of people haze others. Hazing is not a function of race. Hazing is not a function of socioeconomic class. Hazing occurs among people of all educational levels.

When does hazing happen? Hazing occurs throughout the year, though there is often an increase at the beginning of the fall and spring semester and at the beginning of all athletic seasons.

Why do people haze? There are many complex psychological reasons. Check out "The Blueprint of Hazing" and "The Perfect Storm" to really understand why hazing has continued since ancient times.

How Has Hazing Changed? This century has seen a rise in deaths and sodomy due to hazing rituals. In general, hazing has become more violent, more humiliating, and more sexual. Hazardous hazing is a virus that has attacked our youth and is spreading quickly.

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Hazing is a dangerous, but deeply-embedded part of fraternity life. But following the tragic hazing deaths of students like Penn State's Tim Piazza, states are finally beginning to change their laws against it. Communities and college campuses across the country are now questioning how and why hazing still exists, especially when its damaging implications span well beyond the frat house.
Dr. Susan Lipkins

Dr. Susan Lipkins

Expert Witness

Dr. Susan Lipkins, a psychologist for over twenty years, specializes in campus conflict and violence in high schools and colleges. She has appeared as an expert in hazing on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, SKYTV, and has been interviewed on many radio programs. In addition, she has been quoted and published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The Daily News, as well as many other magazines worldwide. Read more...


Appearances by Dr. Lipkins

Oprah, ESPN, Dr. Phil, Katie, and more...

The hidden effects of hazing: What parents need to look out for
October 11, 2019
Gilroy High football players struggle after alleged locker room sexual assault. Experts say such attacks are increasing
October 12, 2019
Teen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky Behaviors
June 17, 2019
Effects of hazing linger nationally
April 9, 2019
Expert: Incidents like alleged ‘brutal’ Miami hazing incident won’t stop in ‘code of silence’ culture
April 1, 2019
Third suspect in alleged Damascus HS rape will be moved to juvenile court
March 24, 2019
Third Damascus High Rape Case Sent to Juvenile Court
March 14, 2019
3rd Damascus High School student charged in locker room assault was attacked as freshman
March 14, 2019
Another Damascus HS student rape case moved to juvenile court
March 15, 2019
Hazing and Alleged Sexual Assault
November 19, 2018 on CBC News Network with Carole MacNeil
Toxic traditions? Alleged sexual assault, violence creeps way into team hazing rituals
October 26, 2018
They Pledge. Get Hazed. The Cycle Continues
August 27, 2018
Foul Play: Shining a light on the dark, hidden world of sexualized hazing in high school athletics
March 25, 2018

See Dr. Lipkins in an ESPN special: Hazing: the hidden horror
Tues. Sept. 13, 2017 @ 10pm on ESPN

HLN: Hazing Death
Across America with Carol Costello On Head Line News (HLN)
Nov 13, 2017

WOSU Public Radio
Hazing on College Campuses
October 5, 2017

Chicago Tribune
Putting an end to hazing takes more than written policies, experts say
September 29, 2017

Hazing at Wheaton and Bucknell College-Outside The Lines (OTL)
September 20, 2017