ASU students weigh in on hazing
On Friday, a 20-year-old Florida State University student was found dead after attending a party the night before.
Since then, FSU has suspended has suspended all fraternities and sororities indefinitely.
I spent the day talking to local students at Albany State to find out whether or not hazing occurs on campus.
“Yes I was definitely nervous, I’m still kind of nervous today but I’m kind of getting out my shell so I guess that’s a good thing.”
Freshman students Gmaan Hodges and Demartre Arnold both agree, they didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they left home to start college in a new city.
Both freshman say they were initially worried about hazing.
“When I heard about it on movies or like on the news, I was like why are they still doing it. They should make it like illegal if people are dying from it. Like this is supposed to be a safe environment. Parents and the students, they send their kids off to school to learn not to be pressured into something or to die so I’m like why are they still doing it, they should make it stop," said Arnold.
According to hazingprevention.org, hazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
According to Maritza Ferreira spokesperson for ASU, the university takes hazing very seriously.
There is a zero-tolerance policy.
Freshman Lauryn Taylor confirms, she has seen absolutely no hazing on ASU's campus.
“I recommend everybody, even people in my hometown, I’m from Birmingham Alabama. I expect people to come down here. Hazing is definitely not going to be around here, we are a non-hazing school, we don’t give into that.”
Although students haven't seen hazing occur on campus they all agree, they would do something if they saw it happen.
“But I feel like if it happens here, you know you’re not supposed to be doing it then somebody else should speak up about it because people die from it so I feel like you should speak up instead of keeping it to yourself," said Hodges.
ASU has received one report of hazing in the past year that is currently going through the Student Judicial Process.
According to Ferreira, the last substantial hazing incident occurred in 2015.
We reached out to other local colleges and universities in South Georgia who say the same.
ABAC's Dean of Students Alan Kramer says that all forms of hazing are banned from campus.
Georgia Southwestern spokesperson Stephen Snyder says that GSW does not condone any form of hazing and sends their deepest condolences to those at Florida State.