Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Prevent Hazing On College Campuses

Casey, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Prevent Hazing On College Campuses

Washington, D.C. – To address the scourge of hazing on college campuses, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act with his colleagues U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

“Hazing has absolutely no place in our society or in our schools,” said Senator Casey. “I’m proud to join in this effort to ensure that these horrific incidents are appropriately reported and that students are educated on the dangers of hazing. I hope my colleagues will swiftly support and pass this measure so we can help make our schools safer.”

Specifically, The REACH Act would help to address the challenge of hazing by requiring incidents to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report and by requiring institutions to establish a campus-wide, researched-based program to educate and prevent hazing, while also promoting strategies for building group cohesion without hazing. The bill also establishes a definition for hazing to clarify what constitutes a reportable offense.

Just earlier this week, Casey had an opportunity to meet with the families of Tim Piazza, Marquise Braham and other anti-hazing advocates to discuss the importance of combatting hazing in Pennsylvania and around the country.