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AU Dean of Students authors article on hazing prevention

Norman Pollard, dean of students at Alfred University and co-investigator for Alfred University’s seminal hazing studies, has authored "Hazing and Rites of Passage: When and How Students Become Adults" for the National Hazing Prevention Week Guidebook, published by

National Having Prevention Week begins Sept. 19.
Pollard was co-investigator for Alfred University’s studies, "Initiation Rites and College Athletes," published in 1999, and "Initiation Rites in American High Schools," published in 2000.

As a recognized expert on hazing prevention, Pollard has consulted with high schools and colleges across the country. He has been an invited speaker at national and regional conferences focusing on hazing and hazing prevention, and has appeared on every major U.S. television network to discuss the findings in the AU studies.

His professional interests include effecting positive change to promote campus culture, student development issues and educating students about hazing.

Pollard has been dean of students at Alfred University since January 2006. Prior to that, he was director of the Alfred University Counseling and Student Development Center. He has been an adjunct professor in Alfred University’s graduate programs in college student development, counseling and school psychology.

A licensed mental health counselor, he holds a master’s degree in agency counseling from Western State College and a doctorate in counseling from Drake University.

He and his wife Regina are the parents of two daughters; the family makes its home in Alfred.

For a copy of Pollard’s article, see: http://www.hazingpreventi...

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