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Harvard holds carrot to clubs: shape up after two nearly fatal alcohol incidents

Link and Excerpt: The Committee on Social Clubs presented a report yesterday recommending that student leaders be held personally responsible for “serious harm” related to alcohol consumption or hazing during student group gatherings.

According to the report discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Committee on College Life (CCL), Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 and General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano ’83 called for the creation of the committee in response to two near-death incidents resulting from alcohol overdose in fall 2006.

“[W]here serious harm, or the potential for serious harm, has come to any person as a result of consumption of alcohol or drugs at an event held, sponsored, organized or supported by a student group…and the individual or individuals directly responsible are not identified, the host or hosts of the event will be held personally responsible. If the hosts are also not identified, the officers of the organization will be held personally responsible,” the report reads.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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