Information for Parents and Families Talking about Hazing

Dear Parents:

Your student has recently enrolled at Elon University.  We want to provide you with information about hazing and the different signs to be aware of.  To begin, we encourage you to learn more about the organizations your student is involved with, by visiting our online listing of student groups on PhoenixCONNECT (

During their time at Elon your student will be exploring the different groups and activities that Elon has to offer.  Elon is committed to this process being a meaningful and safe experience for our students.  As parents, you can help us ensure that any behavior that is not beneficial to their success and well-being will not be tolerated and that their experience is a positive one.  Hazing activities are antithetical to the values of Elon University.  We ask that you reinforce the expectation that they say “no” if asked to engage in any behavior that is inappropriate.  Please be attuned to any signs of exhaustion, lack of attention to academics, and an increased lack of communication with you.  If you believe that your student is being mistreated, please contact our Hazing Hotline at 336-278-HAZE (4293) or visit where you will find an online reporting mechanism. 

Being a member of Elon University’s community is an opportunity to build life-long friendships.  Together we can collaborate and be partners in your student’s educational and social life.  Please let us know what we can do to assist you with this process.    

Remember, your student is a young adult and will benefit from your guidance and support as they develop their independence.

  • Your student is probably a little different than when in high school
  • People communicate differently
  • Listen to what your student says
  • Treat your student with respect

As you engage them in conversations about their experiences, here are some questions or statements you may want to consider starting with:

  • Let your student know you care about them.
  • Are you okay?
  • Address your concern.  “I’m worried about you.  It’s unusual for you not to reply to my emails.”
  • Are you in the process of joining any club/group/organization/team on campus?  If so, what group?
  • What types of activities do you do with them?
  • Are you being forced to do anything unreasonable?
  • Do you feel deprived of any necessity (food, shelter, sleep)?
  • Is there alcohol involved with any activities?
  • If you want to learn more, there is a university website that can help. 
  • If you want to report something that you feel is inappropriate or risky, go to for more information on how to do that.  Anonymous reports are allowed, but sharing your name or contact information makes it much easier for the University to respond to the group's actions.

Below are links to:
Report hazing
Hazing Policy & Definition

* Adapted from Florida Sate University’s Hazing Website