National Hazing Prevention Week

SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2019

Hazing of any nature is a matter that Alpha Chi Omega takes seriously. Because of its long-lasting impact on those who may experience hazing, Alpha Chi Omega works to educate members throughout the year on what hazing is and how to prevent it.

How does Alpha Chi Omega define hazing?

Alpha Chi Omega does not condone unkind, undignified or humiliating activities. No chapter, new member, student, alumna or volunteer shall engage in or permit hazing activities. Hazing is any reckless or intentional act that produces physical, mental, or emotional pain, discomfort, humiliation, embarrassment, or ridicule, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate, that is required or expected of a member and that is not related to the Fraternity’s mission. This includes any activity, whether it is presented as optional or required, that places a member in a position of servitude as a condition of membership.
Retaliation against any person who reports, is a witness to, or is involved with or cooperates in the investigation and adjudication of hazing is strictly prohibited.
Be aware of your state hazing laws. Visit to view a map to familiarize yourself with the laws in your state.

So, what does this actually mean?

Alpha Chi Omega interprets our hazing policy as any action or situation, with or without consent of the participants, which recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental, physical, academic health or safety of a member.
Need hazing alternatives? Be sure to check out our 50 hazing alternatives to create connections between members in healthy, safe and fun ways!

Supporting National Hazing Prevention Week:

In conjunction with, Alpha Chi Omega recognizes National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), which asks campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to come together and talk about hazing in their communities, raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing and promote the prevention of hazing. Alpha Chi Omega is a continued sponsor of

We need your help! Is your chapter empowering conversations in your campus community about hazing prevention and education? We want to hear from you! Below are some ways you can be engaged during the National Hazing Prevention Week, September 23 – 27, 2019! We will feature prizes and opportunities to showcase your chapter on a national level.

  • 2019 Alpha Chi Omega NHPW banner contest by creating a banner demonstrating your chapter’s commitment to hazing prevention! Banners need to be photographed and posted on social media using the hashtag #RSWdonthaze. The winning banner will be a featured tile on the home page of the Alpha Chi Omega website and on our NHPW website.
    • Here are samples from last year: 
Iota Omega NHPW banner
Iota Omega (Carthage College)
  • Show your support on social media by posting on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter about your chapter’s commitment to hazing prevention using the hashtag #RSWdonthaze.
  • Update profile pictures and cover photos on social media using provided graphics.
NHPW-19 square FB frame NHPW-19 circle FB frame
NHPW-19 FB cover photo
  • Have your vice president risk management be on the lookout for the fall 2019 hazing prevention poster and conversation starter. Don’t want to wait to have the conversation? Review previous fall posters on hazing prevention education and their conversation starters. The posters and conversation starters can be found here. Here are other great resources for prevention education related to hazing:
  • Download the free 2019 Resource Guide offered by
  • Take the hazing prevention pledge! Make a pledge to prevent hazing before it occurs, stop hazing when you see it happening, report it when you know it has transpired, and help empower others to do the same.
  • Explore for more ideas.
Real, Strong Women Don't Haze

Real, Strong Women Don’t Haze

September 13, 2019
By Paige Hollendonner (Iota Omega, Carthage College)
As real, strong women, we believe that hazing should never be tolerated. Why haze a new member, when that valuable time could be used for something good? Instead of hazing, talk to your new members and begin to form an unbreakable bond. Start a new service project that the entire chapter can participate in. Be a positive light in someone’s life, not a negative one. There are so many opportunities for good; do not let this time be saturated with opportunities for bad.
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