RU Professors Talk Hazing on With Good Reason Radio

Stephen Owen and Tod Burke

Stephen Owen and Tod Burke

The With Good Reason radio program is re-airing on March 1-7 an interview with Radford University's Tod Burke and Stephen Owen in which they discuss their study "Hazing in Student Organizations: Prevalence, Attitudes and Solutions."

Listeners in the New River Valley can hear Burke and Owen on With Good Reason at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 4 on Public Radio WVRU 89.9. Programs also are available through podcasts at

Published in Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, the study explores student attitudes toward hazing and the prevalence of the ritual, particularly in groups outside of fraternity and sororities.

Burke, the associate dean of RU's College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and professor of criminal justice, and Owen, a professor and chair of the university's Department of Criminal Justice, found through a sampling of college students that hazing is not limited to fraternities and sororities, but that the act occurs in numerous student organizations.

In addition, the study developed a method for classifying, understanding and defining hazing.

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Feb 26, 2014