Online Course Addresses the Serious but Often Hidden Problem of Hazing

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Hazing deaths and injuries have occurred each year for the last 37 years. A new e-Learning course communicates the harsh truths about hazing and shows students what they can do to reverse this often-destructive tradition.

This is a fabulous course…it is encouraging and empowering.

Beating forced servitude, verbal humiliation—these are just a few of the practices that have been used to "bond" new members to organizations. Wrongly viewed as harmless fun for too long, hazing has been shrouded in a code of silence that has had tragic effects.

A new online course, "Hazing: Rites and Wrongs of Passage," has taken on the problem of hazing in fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations. The course was developed by The Human Equation, an e-Learning and online risk management technology company, and Professor Hank Nuwer, a leading authority on hazing and author of four books on the subject. "Hazing: Rites and Wrongs of Passage" uses real-life incidents to provide an understanding of why hazing occurs, and empowers learners to respond in a more reasoned and independent manner.

Using a fast-paced, interactive e-Learning format, the course targets those most affected by hazing—young people. In less than an hour, learners are given the facts about hazing, with compelling real-life examples that describe the serious physical and emotional damage hazing can cause.

Anita Byer, president of The Human Equation, explains the impetus for creating this course: "Our e-Learning technology is the perfect format to reach today’s ‘wired’ youth, for whom it is vital to learn that they need never submit to humiliating and dangerous initiation practices."

Students who have taken the course have been deeply moved by the stories of the effects hazing has had on victims. "The examples of actual hazing incidents drive home the importance of hazing education," one student points out. Another states, "This is a fabulous course…it is encouraging and empowering."

"Rites and Wrongs" can be delivered easily to virtually all computer systems. For more information about the hazing course, contact jeffm(at), or call 800.521.9667.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company listed above.


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