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Here is a copy of the new federal hazing proposal.

Here is a copy of the new federal hazing proposal. Comments yay or nay to hnuwer@hanknuwer.com

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…………………………………………………………… (Original Signature of Member) 115TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. R. ll To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to disclose hazing incidents, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. MEEHAN introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on ___ A BILL To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to disclose hazing incidents, and for other purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Report and Educate 5 About Campus Hazing Act’’ or the ‘‘REACH Act’’.

2. INCLUSION OF HAZING INCIDENTS IN ANNUAL SECURITY REPORTS. 3 Section 485(f)(1)(F) of the Higher Education Act of 4 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(1)) is amended— 5 (1) in clause (i), by striking ‘‘and’’ at the end; 6 (2) in clause (ii), by striking ‘‘and’’ at the end; 7 (3) in clause (iii), by striking the period at the 8 end and inserting ‘‘; and’’; and 9 (4) by adding at the end the following: 10 ‘‘(iv) of hazing incidents that were re- 11 ported to campus security authorities or local 12 police agencies.’’. 13 SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF HAZING. 14 Section 485(f)(6)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 15 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)) is amended by adding at 16 the end the following: 17 ‘‘(vi) The term ‘hazing’ means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student, or a former student, of an institution 20 of higher education, whether individually or in 21 concert with other persons, against another student, that—  ‘‘(I) was committed in connection with 24 an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in, any organization that is affiliated with such institution of higher education; and 3 ‘‘(II) contributes to a substantial risk 4 of physical injury, mental harm, or degradation or causes physical injury, mental 6 harm or personal degradation.’’. 7 SEC. 4. RECORDING OF HAZING INCIDENTS. 8 Section 485(f)(7) of the Higher Education Act of 9 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(7)) is amended by inserting after 10 the second sentence the following: ‘‘For hazing incidents, 11 such statistics shall be compiled in accordance with the 12 definition of that term in paragraph (6)(A)(vi).’’ 13 SEC. 5. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON HAZING. 14 Section 487(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 15 (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)) is amended by adding at the end the 16 following: 17 ‘‘(30) The institution will provide students with 18 an educational program on hazing (as that term is defined in section 485(f)(6)(A)(vi)), which shall include information on hazing awareness, hazing prevention, and institution’s policies on hazing.’’

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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