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Oregon proposes hazing legislation

Link to the Statesman article:

March 26, 2009

Bill would crack down on hazing

Hazing would be barred at schools and universities, and student participants and organizations subject to fines, under a bill proposed by Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and heard Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee.

Senate Bill 444 was introduced, Courtney said, because state law exempts college athletic teams from the anti-hazing law even though state university rules ban hazing. A revised version would change the law, extend the ban to public schools, and update definitions.

Hazing covers physical brutality, activity adversely affecting physical health or safety, compelled consumption and inducement of illegal activity.

“I realize the importance of both discipline and team building,” said Courtney, a sports fan and former coach. “Hazing is not an appropriate way to encourage either.”

A student organization would be subject to a maximum fine of $720; a participant, $360. The committee took no action.

— Peter Wong

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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