Friends, roommates, RAs, parents, coaches, faculty, staff and community members are often the first people to identify when something seems “off” with a particular student. It could seem, subtle, harmless or innocuous, but that behavior may be symptomatic of a student that is a victim of hazing.
While not exhaustive, the following are potential warning signs that a student may be involved in hazing related activities:
- Student appears exhausted and sleep deprived
- Student seems withdrawn from normal activity; personality changes
- Moving slowly or physical exhaustion; problems moving or sitting
- Students being required to carry unusual objects/materials
- Extreme weight change/loss
- Communication with student drops off
- Student references being “unavailable” if you try to meet with or contact them. Student offers vague references as to why s/he is unavailable.