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USA Today article by Chris Quintana

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Hank Nuwer is an author and researcher who has been writing about and tracking fraternity hazing deaths for decades. He said from 1959 to 2019, “at least one U.S. school, club or organization hazing death has been reported,” every year.

He hasn’t added a new death to his list for 2020. Nuwer said, however, news of these deaths is sometimes slow to emerge because of criminal investigations or the reticence of some to speak.

Nuwer said it was likely the pandemic, and the accompanying restrictions on social activities at colleges, helped tamp down cases. (Though Nuwer said there were still some close calls.)

The lack of deaths, though, may lull administrators into a false sense of security, he said, and he is fearful of what happens when students return to campuses in the fall.

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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