Starting this week, about 20 million students will be arriving on college campuses for the fall semester, and while classrooms fill up, fraternities, sports teams and clubs of all kinds will open their rolls to new students and, inevitably, to initiation rites that can include hazing. Not just embarrassing or humiliating pranks, but physical abuse and serious physical peril, even death.
A new state law aimed at ending hazing that went into effect July 25 extends the consequences of hazing down to 7th to 12th graders.
The law was drafted in the wake of an alleged incident at Conestoga High School where football players were accused of sodomizing a freshman player with a broomstick. Previously, the state anti-hazing law applied only to college students not those in secondary schools.
A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student is suing the Illinois chapter and national organization of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that would expand the state’s anti-hazing law to include public and private high schools is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for final approval.
House Bill 1574 was passed Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.
The measure by state Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) makes it a third-degree misdemeanor when a student is forced to take part in abusive or humiliating conduct for initiation into a team or group.
Schools would be required to post anti-hazing policies online and provide copies to all athletic coaches. More...
The investigation continues into an alleged hazing incident off-campus at Towson University. Now this is more fallout for the fraternity allegedly involved. The fraternity is still suspended at Towson, but it’s not the first time. Other TKE chapters have been banned from campuses across the country. Towson University and Baltimore County police are still investigating claims that a student was nearly poisoned while pledging the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. “
Everyone here knows now. But had that not come to light, nobody would know about it. They would still be here,” said Jared Welsh, student.