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Politico: End All Hazing Act

From Politico: a summary

HAZING TARGETED IN NEW BILL: The End All Hazing Act, designed to boost campus-wide transparency and accountability for all student organizations, would put the responsibility of protecting students on the institutions, as well as the student organizations operating on their campuses, Fudge said in a statement Thursday. “This bill is a proactive step towards addressing hazing at its core and protecting our nation’s college students from unnecessary harm,” Fudge said.

— The bill would require schools to maintain a web page, updated twice a year, that shares information about student organizations disciplined for hazing or other misconduct that threatened the well-being of students in the last five years, according to Fudge’s office. Included would be details of corrective measures imposed on the organizations by the school. The bill would also require institutions to report within 72 hours any hazing allegation that involved serious bodily injury or significant risk of it to campus police and the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

— Thompson said parents who have lost children to hazing incidents have been working with fraternities and sororities to engage in “aggressive student education, outreach and advocacy efforts to end tragic hazing incidents.” They have successfully pursued legislation with transparency requirements in several states, he said, including Pennsylvania.

— “A federal solution will more quickly address the problem and ensure students across the country can enjoy a safe, collegiate experience with involvement in extracurricular activities and student organizations without fear of being hazed,” Thompson said on the House floor Thursday.

 

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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