TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 23, 2014) – The campus community united Saturday to send a clear message that hazing will not be tolerated. Organized by Enrollment Management and Student Life and Development, the first “No Haze Zone” informational and rally was held at the Tompkins Hall ballroom. Students, faculty and staff in “No Haze Zone” T-shirts gathered to address hazing, possible consequences and prevention.

“Tuskegee University and Student Life and Development understand the urgency and need to address hazing prevention for the university community,” said Dr. Courtney Griffin, interim executive director of Enrollment Management. “This program serves as a kick-off to our efforts to raise awareness about hazing and its psychological, physical, emotional and educational impact on the lives of our most important commodity—our students.”

Afterward, the crowd and the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper band paraded through campus to the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James arena to watch Tuskegee basketball games and participate in spirit activities as well as spread the message of hazing prevention. Some students said they felt having such programs help them feel more secure and connected to resources.

“Because is wrong and we want the students to know that if they do experience this problem, they should speak up and tell someone what is happening” said Kyhiel Lockhart, a senior aerospace science engineering major from Scotch Plains, N.J.

About Tuskegee University

Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is home to approximately 3,000 students from the U.S. and 30 foreign countries. The academic programs are organized into seven colleges and schools: 1.) Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science, 2.) College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, 3.) College of Arts and Sciences, 4.) College of Engineering, 5.) College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, 6.) Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, and 7.) School of Education.

Tuskegee University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctorate, and professional degrees. The following programs are accredited by national agencies: architecture, business, education, engineering, clinical laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, and veterinary medicine.

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