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Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and Congressman David P. Joyce Re-Introduce the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act

 

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and Congressman David P. Joyce

Re-Introduce the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act

 

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congressman David P. Joyce (OH-14) re-introduced the bipartisan Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act.  The tragic results of hazing on our college campuses reinforce the continued need for this legislation.  The REACH Act requires the disclosure of hazing incidents in institutions’ Annual Security Reports.

 

“Hazing continues to be a dangerous problem on campuses across America, and we must be proactive in finding solutions,” saidRep. Fudge.  “This bill brings awareness to the severity and prevalence of the problem and aims to educate the community about both the short-term and long-term effects of hazing.  The accurate reporting requirements will provide us with the data needed to protect our nation’s college students, and develop legislative solutions for administrators and faculty.”

 

The University of Maine conducted the National Study on Hazing in 2008 with a sampling of   11,000 college students.  Findings revealed that 55% of students experienced some form of hazing.  Of those who experienced hazing, 95% said they never reported the incident(s) to school officials or authorities.

 

“I’m proud to join Representative Fudge in introducing this bill,” said Rep. Joyce.  “By requiring incidents of hazing to be included in annual security reports, we are ensuring students in Ohio and across the country can have the safe, productive learning environment they deserve.”

 

The REACH Act amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to include hazing as one of the reported offenses under the Clery Act. This change would require institutions of higher education that participate in Title IV programs (and are therefore subject to the Clery Act) to:

  • Report and compile hazing incidents and statistics in their Annual Security Report; and
  • Provide students with an educational program on hazing awareness, prevention and the institution’s policies on hazing.

 

The bill defines hazing as:
Any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, or a former student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:

(a) The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with such educational institution.

(b) The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.

 

The REACH Act is supported by:Clery Center, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), and StopHazing.org

 

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