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Ethics Of Hazing

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Embarrassment, psychological issues, physical injuries, extreme intoxication, hospitalization, and death are all possible outcomes when engaging in the act of hazing. These outcomes beg the question, “What is the reward in hazing?” For the victims, there is no reward other than being an official member of an organization. However, according to _____________________ some perpetrators believe that hazing is their rite of passage and that it gives them power over others. Hazing itself has the potential to lead to the termination of an organization, put organization members at criminal and civil risk, affects a college’s amount of incoming students, create conflict between organization members, cause physical injuries as well as psychological…show more content…
Some of the hazing rituals carried out by organizations are extreme and very harmful to one’s health. Susan Pipkins quotes Steve, a freshman pledge, in her book, Preventing Hazing, about his hazing experience. He says "',I had to eat whole onions, unpeeled, drink a gallon of milk as fast as possible, and finish an entire keg of beer between ten pledges. A keg is over two hundred beers, and we did it in forty-three minutes, with a lot of vomiting so we would not get alcohol poisoning'" (17). Steve had to put his body at risk of physical harm to become a member of the organization. Luckily, he was not injured from his experience, but there were many different scenarios that could have played out. In the case of Gordie Bailey, a fraternity pledge at the University of Colorado, he ended up dying from overdosing on alcohol during his hazing ritual experience. The overdose occurred during one of his pledge activities as a new member (Pipkins, 6). Bailey ended up receiving the ultimate consequence of alcohol overdose, however, there is a range of other consequences that can result from an overdose. Susan Pipkins writes about the results of drug and alcohol overdoses and concludes that depending on the extremity of the case, stomach pumping, hospitalization, or CPR may be utilized in order to save the student from death. For less severe cases, a student may just experience a bad hangover. Pipkins also mentions that pledge activities which entail eating or drinking spicy items can burn the skin and organs related to the digestive system
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