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MU hosts Hazing Prevention Week

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's offices of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Activities has organized a Hazing Prevention Week, which kicked off Monday.

Throughout the week, there will be roundtable discussions and presentations from two national figures on hazing prevention. Many of the events are mandatory for chapter members, leadership and advisers.

Lee Tabor, who is serving as a fraternity-sorority life adviser, is in the second year of his master's program. He and several others attended a training session at the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention last summer. That led to the first hazing prevention week at Marshall.

Tabor said he wants to assure the campus community this did not come as a result of any reported incidents but was in response to things happening nationally. He said the roundtable discussions planned for the week are intended to help students recognize hazing and how to report it. A Fraternal Values Society also was created within the Greek community, he said.

The first discussion is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Shawkey Dining Room on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. All chapter presidents, risk management and recruitment chairs and new members educators must attend.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, there are two events. The first is at 6:30 p.m. in the Don Morris Room and requires the attendance of all chapter, faculty and staff advisers. At 9:15 p.m. in the same room, the first national speaker will give a presentation. The event requires 85 percent of all chapter members.

The speaker is Dave Westol, founder of Limberlost Consulting. His involvement with fraternity and sorority life includes serving as recruitment chairman and new member educator for his chapter and vice president for Communications and president of the Michigan State University Interfraternity Council.

A new member presentation will take place at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the multipurpose room in the basement of the Memorial Student Center. It is mandatory for all new members added in the fall 2012 semester.

The week concludes with a 7 p.m. presentation in the Don Morris Room on Saturday, Feb. 2, from Tracy Maxwell, founder and former executive director of HazingPrevention.org. At least 85 percent of all chapter members must attend.

HazingPrevention.org is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups. The group, though only six years old, has established National Hazing Prevention Week, the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention and offers a number of webinars.

Following Maxwell's talk, President Stephen Kopp will have a roundtable discussion with all chapter and council presidents.

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