HazeNot Accreditation Standards

HazeNot Accreditation Standards represent standards for school accreditation.

These standards are based on HazeNot's determination of the attributes of an ethical school, athletic department, and school organizations. They incorporate not only lawful practices, but also HazeNot's experience with school hazing and student experiences. For a school to qualify for HazeNot Accreditation, it must continually meet these standards. Not all schools will qualify for HazeNot Accreditation.

To be accredited by HazeNot, a School affirms that it meets and will abide by the following standards:

1. Prohibition of Hazing Activities: The school must have a comprehensive policy that explicitly prohibits all forms of hazing activities, regardless of the context or organization involved.

2. Awareness and Education: The school should conduct regular awareness campaigns and educational programs to inform students, faculty, and staff about the dangers of hazing, its impact on individuals and the community, and the school's commitment to a hazing-free environment.

3. Clear Reporting Mechanisms: The school must establish clear and confidential reporting mechanisms for hazing incidents, ensuring that individuals feel safe and encouraged to report any suspected or witnessed hazing activities.

4. Investigation and Disciplinary Procedures: A well-defined procedure for investigating reported hazing incidents must be in place. The school should also have a fair and consistent disciplinary process for those found involved in hazing, which may include sanctions and penalties as appropriate.

5. Anti-Hazing Policy Communication: The school should communicate its anti-hazing policy prominently, ensuring that it is easily accessible to all members of the school community, including students, parents, faculty, and staff.

6. Active Leadership Involvement: The school's leadership, including the administration, faculty, and staff, must actively promote and support anti-hazing efforts, actively participating in awareness campaigns and enforcing the policy.

7. Student Organization Accountability: Student organizations, clubs, and teams should be held accountable for promoting anti-hazing principles. They must demonstrate their commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive environment.

8. Training and Orientation: The school should provide training and orientation programs for incoming students, especially those joining clubs, teams, or organizations, to educate them about the school's anti-hazing policy and the consequences of engaging in hazing.

9. Support and Counseling Services: The school should offer counseling and support services for victims of hazing, ensuring that they receive the necessary assistance and resources to cope with any physical, emotional, or psychological trauma.

10. Continuous Improvement: The school should demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement by regularly evaluating and updating its anti-hazing policies and procedures, taking into account feedback from the school community and staying up-to-date with best practices in anti-hazing efforts.

11. Collaboration with External Organizations: HazeNot accredited schools are encouraged to collaborate with external organizations working towards the prevention of hazing, promoting a wider anti-hazing movement beyond the school premises.

12. Public Declaration: Schools seeking HazeNot Accreditation must publicly declare their commitment to maintaining a hazing-free environment and actively promoting the values of respect, inclusivity, and safety for all members of their community.

HazeNot charges a fee for HazeNot Accreditation. This fee supports HazeNot's efforts to fulfill its mission of advancing school Anti-Hazing Initiatives.

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