Multiple studies have shown that parents and families are often the number one group that students enduring acts of hazing share their experiences with. Having the correct information about what hazing is and how to report hazing and seek assistance is paramount.
At Wake Forest University, we believe students should not experience harm or intimidation while pursuing involvement in campus life. Research suggests that students are more likely to talk with parents or family members about a hazing experience than they are with university faculty or staff. If your student discloses a hazing incident they experienced, or you suspect hazing has occurred, please discuss the importance of sharing this information with the university.
Reporting hazing is not about getting students or their friends in trouble. It is about keeping students and the people they care about safe.
Here are a few tips that can help when talking with your student:
Begin with these questions and statements:
SOURCE: [adapted from] Florida State University
Wake Forest currently has three organizations not recognized by the institution:
The organizations also go by the names Barnyard, Kappa Sig, or Delta Omega (Kappa Sigma) Snu or Lambda Alpha (Sigma Nu) or Sig Ep (Sigma Phi Epsilon).