Hazing Prevention & Education Committee

What is HPEC?

MIT is actively working with students to prevent hazing and educate the campus community about hazing.  The group doing this work is the Hazing Prevention and Education Committee (HPEC).

The Division of Student Life’s Hazing Prevention and Education Committee was convened in the spring of 2013.  The overall goal of the committee is to prevent and educate students about hazing behaviors and their impact on the individual and community. The committee is comprised of staff from varied DSL departments and representatives from numerous student organizations and living communities. A comprehensive, broad-based prevention effort that uses multiple best practices guides the committee’s work and programs and initiatives are under development.  Several aspects of this work, including the Haze Free Education Training and New member welcome have been launched over the past two academic years.

The following is a summary of the Hazing Prevention and Education Committee’s work to date.

What is HPEC’s Purpose?

  • To promote the practice of welcoming new students and organization members in ways that support student engagement and enhance the student experience.
  • To reduce incidents of hazing behaviors in the MIT community.
  • To educate students about hazing so that they are aware of behaviors that constitute hazing.
  • To build bystander intervention and helping skills among students.
  • To assist student organizations in evaluating group practices related to hazing and welcome programs.
  • To identify resources available to support hazing prevention, including reporting structures and program development.

Who is on HPEC?

DSL Department Representation

  • Student Activities
  • FSILGs
  • Student Outreach and Support
  • Community Development & Substance Abuse
  • Student Citizenship
  • Residential Life  and Dining
  • Title IX/Hazing Investigator

Student Organization Representation

  • Dorm Con
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • PanHellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Association of Student Activities
  • Undergraduate Association
  • Graduate Student Council

Current Activities

  • Welcome programs recognition
  • Online and in-group educational  curriculum
  • Prevention social marketing campaign
  • Policy updates review
  • Website development
  • Reporting form and system (active at https://hazing.mit.edu/hazing-reporting-form)
  • Investigation protocol development
  • Hazing compliance process coordination
  • Assessment and evaluation of program impact

Get Involved!

If you are interested in getting involved in the Hazing Prevention and Education Committee, contact Don Camelio, Assistant Dean, Student Support and Wellbeing, at dcamelio@mit.edu . HPEC holds bi-semesterly meetings throughout the academic year.