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Pollard to speak on hazing at Cornell University

Norman Pollard, dean of students at Alfred University and co-author of two seminal studies on hazing, will be among the panelists for the inaugural “Daily Sun Dialogues” hosted by the Cornell Daily Sun, a student-run, independent newspaper at Cornell University.  The discussion is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) in Plant Sciences, room 203.

Today’s topic is “Drinking and Hazing at Cornell.”

Billed as discussions that focus on “issues relevant to student life,” the Daily Sun Dialogues “will bring stakeholders together to inspire debate and foster innovative solutions to our most pressing problems.”

According to the Cornell Sun web site, today’s topic was chosen because “Cornell’s social culture and Greek system have evolved dramatically over the last few years. Specifically, shifting policies toward pledging, alcohol-related hospitalizations and mounting tensions in Collegetown area changing the face of Cornell.”

Pollard has been dean of students at Alfred University since 2006. He had previously been director of its counseling center, joining the staff as assistant director in 1991.

He gained a national reputation as an expert on hazing for his involvement in two AU studies, one in 1999 that examined the prevalence of hazing among college athletes and one in 2000 that looked at hazing among high school students. He has served as a consultant to the National Federation of High Schools, the University of Vermont, Penn State University, and Brockport State College as well as to numerous high schools. He has also presented at national meetings and is frequently contacted by the media as an expert on hazing.

Pollard is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor, and has served as a manuscript reviewer for The Journal for the Professional Counselor. He is a member of the American College Personnel Association, the American Counseling Association, the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, the College Student Personnel Association of New York State and the New York State Mental Health Association. He chaired the Ethics Committee for the New York State Counseling Association and was a member of the board of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.