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Definitions

WHEN: The Timing

Hazing occurs throughout the year. Each season begins another sport, and with it the traditional rites of passage which may include hazing. This is true for both men's and women's teams. Often the beginning of the school year, late August and early September, mark hazings that occur against freshmen in high school and college. Fraternities and sororities begin to recruit new members in the fall, around August/September and in the winter, around January/February. Hazings associated with pledge activities usually follow "rush week" and culminate 4-12 weeks later, in "hell week." This is the most dangerous time, since the hazing activities are continuous and intense. Hazing in the military and on the job occurs at any time throughout the year, with special events (i.e. crossing the equator in the Navy) occurring at times that are traditional to the specific group.