Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.
Culture of Care is a community grounded in the principle of respect. We have chosen to take an active interest in the well-being of each member of our community and focus much of our efforts on the issues of discrimination and hazing among the IU student body. We believe one person cannot show care towards another without first respecting that person and themselves. Help us preserve the dignity of our community members by honoring and seeking to understand our differences.
What We Know
- 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing.
- 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.
- 2 in 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus—more than 1 in 5 report they witnessed it.
- 36% of students say they would not report hazing because “there’s no one to tell.”
- 27% of students feel that adults won’t handle it right.
- 82% of deaths from hazing involve alcohol.
- 66% of IU Students think if someone had stepped up and intervened when they saw someone being mistreated or harassed, a negative situation or outcome could have been avoided.
- 73% of IU Students think that something should be done when someone is mistreated or harassed.
- 86 Incidents involving discriminatory action—based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation—were reported to the IU incidents teams during the 2011-2013 academic year.
What Can We Do?
The best way to end hazing and discrimination is prevention and education.
- Get involved in COMU—IU Bloomington’s Commission on Multicultural Understanding
- Join a student organization aimed at creating a more inclusive environment—check out all the possibilities at https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/ or attend the Student Involvement Fair at the beginning of each semester to learn about ways to get involved on campus.
- Learn more about diversity initiatives at IU through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA)
If you witness hazing or an act of discrimination
- Say something. Tell them that you don’t agree with what they are doing. Sometimes it can be as simple as vocalizing your concerns.
- Ask someone you trust—if you aren’t sure if the situation is serious or should be reported.
- Ask what is going on or contact someone in authority.
- Seek out support as soon as possible—these types of incidents can escalate quickly.
- File an anonymous incident report by contacting:
- Hazing related incidents can be reported to the Office of Student Ethics, firstname.lastname@example.org, (812)855-5419 or to Student Life and Learning, email@example.com, (812)855-4311
- Incidents of bias or harassment in which someone is discriminated against or mistreated can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are near a residence hall, tell someone at the center desk.
If it is an emergency, contact 9-1-1 immediately.