What is National Hazing Prevention Week?
NHPW is officially designated for the last full week of September each year, but HPO encourages observance of NHPW at whatever time of the year it fits best into your schedule. Even more, HPO encourages you to make hazing prevention an everyday activity – not just one week out of the year.
Organizing activities and events around a national awareness week is a great way to bring attention to the problem of hazing. NHPW is an opportunity to educate students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, faculty, staff, athletic directors, band and performing arts directors, residence hall leadership, student government leaders, community members, local and campus police and others to not just recognize hazing but to learn ways they can prevent it from occurring in the first place. NHPW should be one part of every community’s year-round comprehensive prevention planning efforts.
The ultimate goal is to prevent hazing. Strong education efforts, diligent policy development and reinforcement, and comprehensive planning and ongoing community efforts can do just that.
As the organizer of National Hazing Prevention Week, HPO has pulled together programs, resources, contests and a wealth of ideas to help you organize your local event – Read all about it HERE!