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LETTER FROM CLUB SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

CLUB SPORTS ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS/SA POLICES (PDF)

Hidden Harm of Hazing
Breaking the Cycle
Alternatives to Hazing
 

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW CAN HURT US  MOST:

The concept of Hidden Harm has to do with the fact that we don't know everything about the newest members of our organizations. Someone who has just joined an organization or team could have a hidden background that would make them highly susceptible to serious repercussions if hazed. Hazing can be physically or psychologically harmful to even perfectly healthy individuals, but mix hazing with any one of numerous issues individuals may be dealing with, and the damage can increase exponentially.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

Consider the "baggage" that today's students can bring with them to college. Have you dealt with or do you know anyone who: Suffers from depression or another mental health issue? Has served in the military? Been sexually assaulted? Comes from an alcoholic family? Has suffered the loss of a friend or family member? Has been abused physically or emotionally? Has been hazed or bullied before? All of the above backgrounds - as well as countless others we can't even imagine, much less know about - could put someone at higher risk of being retraumatized through hazing. Source: hazingprevention.org

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LETTER FROM CLUB SPORTS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT:

Welcome Club Sports!

At Geneseo, club sports have an inclusive and positive character. In my experience on the Geneseo Ultimate team, I have felt that the no-cuts requirement we have has lent itself to a wider plane of interest, as well as a tone of togetherness on the team rather than competition.

These athletes play for the love of the game and the comaraderie of their teammates. The practice of hazing would negate all of these desired dynamics. Hazing is an exclusive act that instead of welcoming others, warns them away. Hazing is a means of establishing a false superiority over others and instead of bringing a group closer together, hazing creates factions and resentment. CSA welcomes anyone who desires to come and join practice. The practice of hazing would only ward those who are curious away, the opposite of what the association desires.

Expressly for this reason, CSA collaborates with Student Association (SA) each semester in hosting an anti-hazing workshop for all new club sports athletes. This workshop is designed to explain and define what exactly hazing is, as well as to designate resources such as CSA and SA, as well as University Police, and others whom a person can turn if they suspect they are a victim or know of a victim of hazing.

CSA is dedicated to creating a comfortable and enriching environment for all who wish to participate. Please look around this website to learn more about hazing and find resources for your club sport.

Sincerely,
Laura Marrin, Club Sports Association President/Geneseo Ultimate President