As one of the most prominent fraternity and sorority communities in the nation, Wake Forest’s fraternity and sorority chapters and councils are working in partnership with the university to create and maintain positive chapter development practices. This partnership necessitates transparency, education and accountability. Our fraternity and sorority community is working to create high standards and an experience that is not defined by hazing.
A Message from the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities are a vibrant part of the Wake Forest community, and they have been for over 100 years. Membership in these organizations can be one of the most meaningful involvements of your college career and beyond. Their founding principles center around scholarship, leadership, service, and community; and the opportunities provided around these principles enhance your academic, personal, and intellectual development while at Wake Forest.
But when any member – whether it is someone seeking to join or someone who was already initiated – is asked to participate in hazing, they are being asked to act against all of the values upon which our organizations were founded. No one should be subjected to behaviors that belittle or demean them simply for the sake of finding where they belong on campus. Wake Forest University does not condone hazing by members of our students organizations, and we expect all organizations, including fraternities and sororities, to uphold all state, federal, and local laws as well as University policy.
Please use the resources in these pages to understand more about what hazing is, your role in preventing it, and how to report it if you are aware that it is happening. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to visit our webpage or email us at email@example.com.
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Consequences of Hazing in New Member Education
HAZING DOES NOT ACHIEVE…
- Bonding or togetherness
- Group strength
- Respect for members
- Better performance in any activity
HAZING DOES CREATE…
- Distrust and anger
- A power trip for the perpetrator
- Injuries and sometimes even death
Source: [adapted from] Farnham, Audio Conference, 2006
Fraternity & Sorority Resources
Adopted from Lehigh University