During Anti-Hazing Week, Lance Adds Name to REACH Act
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has joined as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, authored by Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-07). The bipartisan legislation will require incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report so that such information is public record.
“The tragic death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza hit close to home here in New Jersey. It is heartbreaking to see his young life cut short. On this anti-hazing week, I am adding my name as a cosponsor to the recently introduced Report and Educate About Campus Hazing Act, which will require colleges and universities to report incidents of hazing as part of annual crime reports. This transparency measure will put pressure on college administrators to make sure anti-hazing measures are effective on campuses across the country and ensure that data are being properly reported and crimes are prosecuted,” said Lance.
The University of Maine conducted the National Study on Hazing in 2008. They sampled 11,000 college students and found that 55% of students experienced some form of hazing, yet of those, 95% never reported hazing to school officials or authorities. Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs are required by federal law to report crimes committed on campus. The REACH Act adds hazing as one of the crimes and required colleges and universities to:
• Disclose incidents of hazing in their Annual Security Report;
• Report statistics of referrals for discipline and arrests specific to hazing; and
• Implement a hazing education program for students.