Hazing Prevention & Education Committee

What is HPEC?

The Division of Student Life’s Hazing Prevention and Education Committee (HPEC) was convened in the spring of 2013.  HPEC brings together students and administrators to prevent hazing, educate the campus community, and promote resources for supporting victims of hazing.  HPEC members include staff from various DSL departments and representatives from numerous student organizations and living communities. 

MIT joined the national Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC) in 2017.  HPC member institutions work together with StopHazing’s team of research and prevention experts over a three year period, to assess campus climate for hazing and build capacity for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating data-informed hazing prevention strategies.  The HPC is guided by the data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework

Who is on HPEC?

DSL Department Representation

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS)
  • Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER)
  • Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILG)
  • MIT Police
  • Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS)
  • Social Justice Programming & Cross-Cultural Engagemnet (SPXCE)
  • Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement Office (SOLE)
  • Violence, Prevention, and Response (VPR)

Student Organization Representation

  • Association of Student Activities (ASA)
  • Dormitory Council (DormCon)
  • Graduate Student Council (GSC)
  • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  • PanHellenic Council (PanHel)
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • Undergraduate Association (UA)

What are HPEC’s Goals?

  • Increase awareness of anti-hazing policy, reporting options, and response process
  • Encourage leaders and members of students groups to adopt shared expectations for ethical leadership to help them make ethical decisions in the context of moral dilemmas, power differentials, and intense peer pressure
  • Encourage positive group culture around welcoming new members and building group cohesion
  • Strengthen the Hazing Prevention Education Committee at MIT
  • Enhance data collection about hazing and evaluate the effectiveness of HPEC interventions

Get Involved!

If you are interested in getting involved in the Hazing Prevention and Education Committee, contact us at hazefree@mit.edu. HPEC holds bi-semesterly meetings throughout the academic year.