Alleged hazing incidents seen in athletic programs this year such as Northwestern University football, Harvard women’s hockey and New Mexico State basketball as well as student deaths in recent years are a reminder of the urgency needed. Hazing exists on a spectrum but mild hazing can quickly escalate causing mental and physical harm to victims. We must be clear that hazing is a betrayal of the fraternal vows to which every member commits and has no place in any student organization on any campus. When hard alcohol is added to the mix, it is a formula for tragedy.
With 50% of college students exposed to hazing in high school, it is a critical issue facing campuses today across all student organizations, marching bands and athletics.
The Stop Campus Hazing Act requires each institution of higher education that receives federal student aid to maintain and update biannually a website page that discloses student organization violations of the institution’s code of conduct that threaten the safety of students. The report would detail the corrective measures imposed by the school on the student organization. This would allow students and parents to make more informed decisions about which student organizations are safe to join. States such as South Carolina and Pennsylvania have already adapted similar laws, but it would be more effective for federal law to include these disclosures to cover all schools.
We must move quickly to pass this critical legislation.
The Stop Campus Hazing Act is supported by the Anti-Hazing Coalition which includes families of hazing victims who partner with the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Hazing Prevention Network, Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) and other organizations committed to eradicating hazing.
NOTE: When providing your information, if you are not in a fraternity/sorority, do provide your university/college and just select "Not Affiliated."