Cornell University: PULSE Spring Survey 2017

Attitudes and beliefs vary when it comes to college hazing. However, nearly everyone can agree that joining a group, team, or organization should never compromise the safety of an individual or that of their community. In fact, 87% of Cornell students say “It’s NEVER okay to humiliate or intimidate new group members.”

Research shows college students tend to overestimate the extent to which other students are engaging in risky and potentially harmful behavior. Students also tend to exaggerate the extent to which their peers “support” or find such behavior socially acceptable. Such misperceptions influence an individual’s behavior.

Messages that include actual data to correct misperceptions and bolster positive norms are often referred to as “social norms messages.”


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