Corman: Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law

 

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(HARRISBURG) – The PA Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) that, if enacted, will be a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s hazing laws.

“Working with the Piazza family, prosecutors, universities and others, we have developed wide-ranging antihazing legislation that focuses at prevention, enforcement and transparency,” Senator Corman said. “With this proposal, students will have the tools they need to make informed choices about the groups they consider joining as well as safeguards so they can make good decisions in times of distress.”

Summary of Legislation

Senate Bill 1090 increases penalties for all of those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and informs students and parents of what is happening on campus. It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.

“The bill has been carefully crafted because we want this to be a model for changing antihazing laws nationwide,” Senator Corman said in thanking Judiciary Chairman Stewart Greenleaf for swift consideration of the bill. “My intent with this legislation is clear – to prevent death or serious injury due to hazing so that families, such as Tim’s, never experience tragedies like this ever again.”

In 2017, there were four hazing-related deaths in the United States at fraternities. In a November 2017 study on hazing by NBC News, 75 percent of those surveyed believed that something should be done to stop hazing.

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov