Ferris State University will mark National Hazing Prevention Week with a presentation designed to educate students about the dangers of hazing and how to prevent it.
Michael Ayalon, executive director of Sigma Pi Fraternity International, will discuss “40 Ways to Detect Hazing,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Williams Auditorium. Ayalon’s presentation will point out ways to detect hazing and how Greek organizations on campus must work together to prevent it, said Amber Balmer, coordinator of Student Activities and Panhellenic advisor.
“This week allows Greek communities all over the country to reflect on the poor choices of some and do something about it,” Balmer said. “NHPW also creates awareness that reduces stigma and encourages students to report hazing incidents.”
Ferris offers a confidential Hazing Hotline that students can call if they are experiencing hazing or witnessing it. The number is (231) 591-5300.
National Hazing Prevention Week, held Sept. 24-28 nationwide, is organized by HazingPrevention.Org, whose mission is to empower people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups.
Prior to Avalon’s presentation, leaders from each Greek chapter will be invited to attend a networking reception to discuss issues related to hazing or other issues chapters face, Balmer said.
“I would have to say, overall, we provide a safe Greek experience,” Balmer said. “Ferris has a small, very tight-knit Greek community that works together with chapters, advisors and supporters to identify problems and take proactive steps to stop issues before they become a larger problem.”
The free event is being presented by the Panhellenic, Black Greek and Interfraternity councils, Sigma Pi Fraternity, and Student Leadership and Activities. For additional information, email Balmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.