In memory of Antonio Tsialas ’23
Love. Trust. Shine.
In memory of Antonio Tsialas ’23, who lost his life on October 24, 2019, Cornell University dedicates this National Hazing Prevention Week, September 20-25, 2020, to a new chapter of learning. Learning to love by developing compassion for one another. Learning to trust through respectful interaction. Learning to shine by actually living the values that define us as individuals, as organizations, and as members of the Cornell community.

The Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life is strongly committed to working with students, alumni, and inter/national fraternities and sororities to build a healthier and safer sorority and fraternity community that can be an entirely positive experience and value add for its members. We devote ourselves to work together with all of you to build and maintain a culture of compassion and respect for one another.
Hazing Prevention Resources
Become familiar with Cornell's hazing prevention website. It provides informational resources to individuals and organizations, as well as a mechanism to report suspected acts of hazing. It also lists all past hazing violations against organizations, after findings made in the applicable university process. Cornell was one of the first universities to create such a site. It is maintained by Cornell Health.
HazingPrevention.Org is a national clearinghouse for tools and resources regarding hazing prevention. Make it a goal to visit this website to recognize National Hazing Prevention Week.
Cornell Outdoor Education's Team and Leadership Center is a great resource for healthy and positive team building.
Love, Mom and Dad
On November 2, 2019, the Piazza, Gruver, and Braham families visited Cornell to share their tragic stories. They each lost a son as a result of hazing. This powerful story is available to view on Cornell Cast.

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, as part of National Hazing Prevention Week, parents such as the Piazzas and Gruvers presented their stories via Zoom. All Cornell spring 2019 new members were required to attend the live viewing or to watch this video.
Mr. and Mrs. Piazza pictured fifth and sixth from left with student, alumni, and national representatives from Beta Theta Pi Fraternity during their time on campus.
Hazing Definitions
New York State Definitions and Penalties
According to NY State Penal Law, Chapter 716, Section 1:

120.16: Hazing in the first degree
A person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of another person's initiation into or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury.
Hazing in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor.

120.17: Hazing in the second degree
A person is guilty of hazing in the second degree when, in the course of another person's initiation or affiliation with any organization, he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person.
Hazing in the second degree is a violation.

Civil Penalties
Members and their parents, group leaders/advisors, as well as their organization and national affiliates may be sued in civil court for mental or physical harm that results from hazing. Hazing on college campuses has resulted in numerous successful lawsuits.
Cornell Campus Code of Conduct
The Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct (Article II.A.1.f) definition of hazing applies to all registered organizations, intercollegiate athletic teams, social fraternities and sororities, and other groups (e.g., academic project teams):
"To haze another person, regardless of the person's consent to participate. Hazing means an act that, as an explicit or implicit condition for initiation to, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in a group or organization, (1) could be seen by a reasonable person as endangering the physical health of an individual or as causing mental distress to an individual through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment, (2) destroys or removes public or private property, (3) involves the consumption of alcohol or drugs, or the consumption of other substances to excess, or (4) violates any University policy."
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