Corman Urges Governor to Quickly Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law

(HARRISBURG) – On the heels of a unanimous vote from the Senate, Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) urged the Governor to sign the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law that emphasizes prevention, enforcement and transparency in order to end hazing.

“This bill is one of the most significant reforms in the country when it comes to bringing an end to hazing,” Senator Corman said. “With fall pledge season for fraternities and sororities in full swing, I urge the Governor to sign this law quickly as a signal to students and families that Pennsylvania has taken a stand against hazing-related activities.”

The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law (Senate Bill 1090) was introduced by Senator Corman in March as a comprehensive plan to strengthen antihazing laws nationwide. Video of Senator Corman talking about the plans for the amended Timothy J. Piazza Law.

“The Piazza family has shown great courage through the journey to see this plan to the Governor’s desk,” Senator Corman said. “They have made changing the law in Pennsylvania – and nationally – their movement to ensure that Tim’s death has not been in vain. When signed into law, good, meaningful reforms will come from their unspeakable tragedy.” Senator Corman also made remarks on the Senate floor about the bill.

The bill increases penalties for those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and ensures that parents and students are provided with information related to the issue.

It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities while creating safe harbor provisions so students know they can call for help for someone in distress without fear of prosecution.

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