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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

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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