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Hazing Prevention

Hazing Prevention Conferences 2012-13

The Office of University Life offered two professional training opportunities to help campus departments, safety committees, and university administrators review approaches to hazing prevention. The first conference presentation was offered in the fall of 2012: a research-based overview of hazing. The second workshop presented a campus-based, problem-solving approach to hazing prevention. Both training sessions emphasized a campus-wide, ecological and collaborative approach to understanding and addressing a complex issue.

Ed Engelbride
Associate Provost

November 29, 2012 -- Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures: Research-based Insights for Prevention
Dr. Elizabeth Allen, National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention

March 28, 2013 -- Using Prevention in Higher Education: Taking a Problem-Solving Approach
Dr. Linda Langford, Langford Associates      

Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures: Research-based Insights for Prevention

November 29, 2012 - Saratoga Springs, NY

Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Professor University of Maine, and Co-Director of the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention.

This conference session focused on understanding hazing cultures on campus and the complexities of hazing. An overview of current research and other relevant studies were presented. Key principles of prevention science were discussed. The importance of assessment and evaluation was highlighted. The model, key principles and the ecological model were presented as a framework to help inform campus hazing prevention strategies.  


Presenter’s bio and contact information:

Dr. Elizabeth Allan
Higher Education (207) 581-3166 (w)
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5749

Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education and Co-Director of the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention at the University of Maine where she teaches courses for master’s and doctoral degree programs in the study of Higher Education. Dr. Allan was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Student Hazing (2008). The national study was designed to examine the nature and prevalence of hazing among college and high school students throughout the U.S. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on the topic of hazing. An experienced researcher, Allan’s scholarship focuses on campus cultures and climates including studies about diversity, teaching, campus equity, student engagement, and hazing. She is the author of two books, co-editor of a third, and has authored or co-authored more than 25 research-based articles. Her award-winning scholarship has been featured in premiere education journals including the Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, and Innovative Higher Education.

Using Prevention in Higher Education: Taking a Problem-Solving Approach

March 28, 2013 - Albany, New York

Dr. Linda Langford, Langford Associates

The day-long training event was designed to help cross-discipline campus teams make decisions and implement effective and strategic efforts to address hazing. The session included knowledge-building exercises, discussion, and planning time for campus teams to use a strategic problem-solving approach to identifying goals and objectives to help move forward with current or new hazing prevention efforts.


Presenter’s bio and contact information

Langford & Associates
Linda Langford, Sc.D
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone 781-962-1581

Dr. Linda Langford specializes in campus-based prevention, strategic planning, health communications, and program evaluation, with special interests in violence prevention, environmental approaches to prevention, and translating research to practice. From 1998 to 2012, she served as an Associate Center Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, initially managing the Center’s evaluation projects and from 2002-2012 serving as Director of Violence Prevention initiatives. At the Center, Linda developed a framework for violence prevention in higher education based on a public health approach that promotes campus and community collaboration and systematic data-driven planning based on the best available prevention science. She also authored a widely-used working paper on campus hazing prevention based on the framework. She serves as faculty at the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention, has presented at HPO’s National Hazing Symposium, and has consulted on numerous other hazing prevention initiatives including the Zeta Tau Alpha Award for Innovation in Campus Hazing Prevention and Education and the National Agenda for Hazing Prevention. She trains, speaks, and consults widely on effective campus-based violence prevention and has served on several national advisory boards and expert panels related to campus prevention and safety. She holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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