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[100 HAZING ALTERNATIVES]

1. Participate in Baylor's Challenge Course

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2. Teambuilding Activities (can be facilitated by campus professional there are hundreds of these activities that you could use)

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3. Participate in and/or plan a Community Service Project

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4. New Member Surprise Party hosted by members

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5. Have a Resume Writing Workshop presented by Career Services

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6. Attend Educational Speaker of new member's choice and discuss as a chapter

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7. Leadership Book-of-the-Month/Semester Club facilitated by new members

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8. Invite Faculty Advisor to lunch with new members

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9. Have a discussion about the relevance of your organization's Principles and Obligations today

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10. Study Skills Workshop presented by the Learning Center

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11. Successful Alumni Speaker to talk about how the organization gave him/her the skills to succeed

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12. Develop arts and crafts as a community service project

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13. Participate in a Recruitment Workshop

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14. Invite IFC/PHC Officers to Speak about Community Governance

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15. Invite a Student Activities representative to speak about membership privileges and benefits

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16. Dinner and a Movie

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17. Shadow an Officer and assist in planning of a program/event

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18. Create a vision and goals for the organization

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19. Plan a fundraiser to pay for initiation fees

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20. Include new members in chapter meetings

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21. Include new members in regularly scheduled chapter activities

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22. Discuss fraternal values and how they apply (or don't apply)

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23. Plan and present a speaker on a health/wellness topic

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24. Require active membership in at least one organization outside the group

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25. Evaluate the process during and after new member education

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26. Host a Parents Weekend activity

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27. Have consultant or national visitor talk about national programs

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28. Discuss what the General Fraternity does for the chapter with dues money

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29. Attend a Panhellenic or Interfraternity Council meeting

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30. Participate in all-Greek events

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31. Review parliamentary procedure and its purpose

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32. Ask leadership experts to discuss issues such as motivation and group dynamics

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33. Have new members take the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory or StrengthsQuest and discuss

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34. Ask a faculty member to discuss ethical decision making

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35. Ask a faculty member to facilitate a conversation on diversity in organizations

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36. Ask campus health educator to do a presentation on eating disorders or depression, etc.

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37. Ask Department of Public Safety to discuss the prevention of violence against women

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38. Ask a Student Activities representative to describe what the college offers student organizations

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39. Plan a philanthropy project for a local charity

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40. Have a contest for who can recruit the most new members to join and reward the winner with a fully-paid membership badge or initiation fee

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41. Members and new members make "secret sisters/brothers" gifts for each other

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42. Discuss risk management and liability with the University's Office of General Counsel

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43. Brainstorm ways to recruit new members to present to chapter

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44. Have an all-campus or all-organization community "Meet Our New Members" Picnic

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45. Have new members play on the organization intramural teams

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46. Plant a new member class tree in the Waco community

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47. Sponsor a big/little academic challenge with free textbooks to the winner

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48. Have a candlelight/pass the gavel ceremony about "what membership means to me"

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49. Have a senior Student Life administrator talk about history of student organizations at the University

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50. Brainstorm ways to improve scholarship (other than study hours)

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51. Attend theatrical production or athletic event of the new members' choosing

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52. Ask the library to give a lecture on effective research methods

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53. Attend a program or event another organization is sponsoring

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54. Have a discussion about membership standards and expectations

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55. Have a chapter goal-setting retreat

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56. Ask new members to accompany members to regional leadership conferences

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57. Attend Student Organization Leadership Development workshops

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58. Deconstruct past hazing activity to determine intent and brainstorm alternatives

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59. Write a "letter to the founders" to thank them for the opportunity (not to be shared)

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60. Attend an Executive Board meeting

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61. Have new members help Executive Board develop an icebreaker for each meeting

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62. Develop a leadership "wish list" or time line of chapter and campus activities

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63. Invite the Chapter Accreditation Program Coordinator to speak about the rationale and benefits of the program

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64. Invite the Learning Center or Career Services to explain their services

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65. Develop a faculty advisor appreciation gesture

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66. Collaborate on a campus improvement project

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67. Develop an event with another organization that requires new members to ask Student Congress for additional funds from the Student Life Fund a campus event or activity

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68. Have new members develop a list of ways to end chapter motivation issues

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69. Ask the Mayor to discuss city issues and how the group can help

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70. Ask the Elections Commissioner to discuss politics in the city/county/nation

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71. Require members to register to vote. Give an incentive to those who do

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72. Require members below a 3.0 to attend a study skills program

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73. Develop a program that allows you to begin calling them "new members" rather than "pledges"

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74. Discuss the founding of the group and how the organization has evolved over time while maintaining the vision. If it hasn't, how can the group return to its' roots?

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75. Host a cross-organization mixer with a sister or brother organization

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76. Review the history of hazing, the evolution of new member education and the direction organization recruitment is headed

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77. Discuss the "old way" of pledging versus the "new way" with a panel of alumni, administrators and council officers

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78. Attend a Baylor University Theatre production as a group

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79. Have a Student Life professional discuss the "Millennial Generation" and how groups can better recruit based on this research

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80. Offer a discount or reimbursement of part of the initiation fee if a new member completes Alternative Winter or Spring Break Extra money if completes Greek Alternative Spring Break

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81. Give highest new member GPA recipient a plaque or $25 gift certificate to nice restaurant

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82. New member who develops best recruitment plan (or scholarship plan) gets a free _____________

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83. Ask alumni to speak about lessons learned while in the organization

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84. Do a chapter fundraiser to send a new member to a professional or national conference

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85. Have a discussion about wearing pins

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86. Attend New Member Education and Hazing Awareness workshop hosted by Student Activities

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87. Select a book as a group and read it during a pledge period with occasional discussions

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88. Allow new members time for themselves to do and be what they want--Don't monopolize their time

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89. Have a weekly forum for the new members to discuss their feelings

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90. Invite another group to develop a program to benefit the entire student organization community

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91. Invite a Campus Fitness Specialist or Dietician to discuss dietary fads pros and cons

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92. Ask each member to list the offices/chairs they would be interested in. Have them list five things they would do differently about each. Compile results without names attached and have a constructive conversation

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93. Develop one memento of the new member class to present to the campus
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94. Eliminate the creation of pledge class "paddles", no matter their use. They're symbolic of hazing. Come up with an alternative

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95. Ask a professor to do a workshop on etiquette

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96. Have lunch together once a week in a dining hall with the entire organization

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97. Invite faculty advisor to new member meetings

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98. Visit the national headquarters

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99. Support Baylor Athletic programs by attending events as a group

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100. Question each activity and evaluate the program each semester with the help of the advisor and a Student Activities representative


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Adapted from material developed by Allison Swick-Duttine, Coordinator of Greek Affairs & Leadership Development, Plattsburgh State University of New York.

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