Commitment to Hazing Prevention

“Involvement in student clubs and organizations contributes to student success and wellbeing by providing opportunities for personal growth, skill building, leadership development, and finding community. We expect student leaders to promote organizational cultures centered around respect, safety, and healthy practices. Consistent with these expectations, hazing has no place in student groups and organizations, and it will not be tolerated. We support healthy and safe activities and traditions that welcome new members and build group cohesion, activities that are free of hazing. Our department is committed to continuing to create a haze-free environment at MIT, where all students feel welcomed, included, and treated with dignity and respect.”

Gustavo Burkett | Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Community Involvement | Division of Student Life

“DAPER has a shared purpose to bring the MIT community together in educational activities that promote wellness, a diverse and inclusive environment, leadership, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence through competition, physical activity and recreation. Consistent with this purpose, no form of hazing is tolerated within our sport programs and has no place in our culture. As positive role-models within the MIT community, our student-athletes, coaches, and staff are committed to ensuring that all students feel welcomed and are treated fairly.”

Anthony Grant | Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head | Division of Student Life

“We want MIT to be known for its culture of wellbeing, and together we can continue to build a community where everyone feels like they are valued and belong. Hazing does just the opposite. Hazing diminishes people, makes them feel like outsiders, increases stress, increases depressed feelings, disrupts sleep, and causes problems in relationships. It’s not ok and we all play a part in stopping it. If you or someone you know has been affected by hazing, please reach out for support quickly.”

David Randall | Senior Associate Dean, Student Support and Wellbeing | Division of Student Life

“Being involved in and connected to living communities and student organizations is a vital part of the MIT student experience. Residential Education works with student leaders to develop a safe and inclusive living and learning community and we want all students to feel welcome throughout campus. Strong and influential student leaders will work together so that new student members of organizations, clubs, or residences feel a sense of belonging. Hazing, be it subtle or flagrant, harms the sense of trust and belonging that we want students to share. Hazing diminishes community and focuses more on controlling others; a short-term tactic with little sustainable value. Innovative and caring student leaders will be role models and establish enriching experiences for all members and ultimately promote organizations that are positive contributors to the MIT community.”

Judy Robinson | Senior Associate Dean for Residential Education and Executive Director for DSL Strategic Initiatives | Division of Student Life

MIT Hazing Prevention Student Commitments