Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s death during a fraternity pledge event earlier this year could lead to stricter nationwide rules for colleges to report hazing incidents on their campuses. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore engineering student, died in February after excessive drinking and suffering injuries from a series of falls at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, including one down a set of basement stairs. Surveillance video inside a Penn State frat house showed a student who "looked like a corpse" by the time fraternity members came to his aid, a police detective said. The university permanently closed the fraternity and made a number of institutional changes to its Greek life, but more changes could be on the way — and on a much larger scale.
Under a new proposal from U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, of Delaware County, Penn State and other schools would be required to report hazing incidents annually by way of the Clery Act. The act requires colleges and universities to release statistics on crime, including sexual assaults and incidents of alcohol and drug use. Hazing would be added to the Clery Act list.The “Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act” would also define hazing and require schools to implement hazing education programs for students. Penn State administrators support the bill, and university Provost Nick Jones spoke highly of the proposal during a Thursday press conference on Capitol Hill.
“We are resolved to turn the pain and anguish radiating through our community from these horrific tragedies into action at all levels,” Jones said.
The bill defines hazing as an act that causes or has potential to cause “substantial risk” of “physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation,” and which is related to the “initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership” of a school-affiliated group.
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