This fall, Pennsylvania adopted legislation in an effort to prevent, deter, and criminalize hazing at colleges, universities, and secondary schools. Pennsylvania’s Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law (Senate Bill 1090) was adopted in response to the death of Timothy Piazza, a student at Penn State University who died as a result of traumatic brain injuries he sustained during a fraternity pledging event.
The new Law expands the scope of activities that constitute hazing and imposes criminal liability on individuals, colleges, universities, secondary schools, and associated organizations, such as sports teams, fraternities and sororities, on a local and national level. Although colleges, universities and secondary schools were already required to adopt, distribute, and make publicly available their written anti-hazing policies, the new Law creates additional bi-annual reporting requirements for those institutions.
This article discusses some of the important provisions of the new Anti-Hazing Law.
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