Hazing Prevention Task Force

Task Force Charge

A strategic collaboration of stakeholders across the institution can yield positive results in examining hazing culture. The following is a proposal for the creation of a Hazing Prevention Task Force at Northwestern University. The purpose of the task force will be to:

  • Provide intentional collaborative interactions between Northwestern students, administrators, coaches, faculty and staff that work with or are engaged in student clubs/teams in areas of co-curricular activities and sports teams where hazing has been or can be present.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of a prevention framework and develop the skills to utilize the framework to advance our prevention efforts.
  • Conduct an environmental scan focused on prevention, intervention, and resources/education while identifying gaps in our approach
  • Research/evaluate national and state trends in hazing prevention as well as university/college hazing policy and prevention practices
  • Recommend prevention/intervention initiatives and campus-wide implementation plan
  • The task force’s aim is to improve the University’s hazing education efforts and reduce the potential for harm caused by hazing.


The task force shall be composed of students, professional staff, and other constituents. An initial small workgroup was established in Winter Quarter 2014 to review the hazing culture at Northwestern and gather data to better understand the associated issues. As the task force works on it charge, additional key stakeholders may be asked to participate in a variety of forms ranging from small group discussions, forums and surveys.

To contact someone you can always reach us at hazingprevention@northwestern.edu.

The task force will be co-convened by Brent Turner, executive director of the Campus Life and Todd Adams, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students.

Professional Staff - Campus Representation

(one representative from the following areas)

  • Athletics
  • Band and other performance groups
  • Campus Life
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA)
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Residential Services
  • Student Conduct

Student – Campus Representation

(one representative from the following areas that can serve for at least 1 year, if not more)

  • Campus Life
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Peer Advising / Pre Orientation
  • Associated Student Government
  • Club Sports

Faculty / Alumni / Advisor Representation

  • University faculty member / academic advisor
  • Fraternity/Sorority alumni board member
  • Fraternity/Sorority headquarter staff member
  • Student group advisor

2016 Hazing Prevention Task Force

  • Mark Nelson – IFC president
  • Cynthia Rose – OFSL
  • Todd Adams – DOS
  • Brent Turner – Campus Life
  • David Shor – CAPS
  • Tracey Gibson-Jackson – Campus Life
  • Natalie Kramer – Health Services/Sports Medicine
  • Mike Allison – Sigma Alpha Epsilon Headquarters
  • Maria Sanchez – NU Athletics
  • Stella Okeke – Office of Student Conduct
  • Wendy Roldan - ASG
  • Alejandro Magaña—MSA
  • Mike Trucco – Student Athlete / PURPLE mentor
  • Ben Wagner – NU Athletics, Club Sports
  • Gina Di Salvo - School of Communication