Under the provisions of the recently-enacted Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, each college and university in Pennsylvania is required to publish a twice-yearly report detailing instances where hazing is alleged to have occurred on its campus and its response to such reports. In today’s post, the fraternity hazing lawyers at The Doan Law Firm present a summary of those reports.
Bucknell University reported that one organization, “Bison Chips,” had been suspended for 2 years and that it’s Men’s Swimming and Diving, Women’s Swimming and Diving, and Men’s Lacrosse Teams had received disciplinary sanctions.
Carnegie Mellon University reported 3 incidents, with one sorority (Kappa Phi Lambda) receiving a 3-year suspension and a hazing complaint against another sorority (Delta Gamma) was currently under investigation. CMU also reported that a hazing complaint against the Pi Kappa Alpha was not proved and that no action was taken.
DeSales University reported no incidents.
Duquesne University reported that it had investigated 7 incidents involving 4 fraternities and 2 sororities that resulted in either probation or suspension for less than one year. One fraternity (Alpha Tau Omega) had its local chapter’s charter suspended for five years by its national organization
Lehigh University reported a state-leading 51 incidents that were reportable under the Piazza Law. The 51 incidents involved:
Lycoming College reported 5 incidents involving 5 sororities (Alpha Rho Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau, Beta Phi Gamma, Gamma Delta Sigma, and Kappa Delta Rho). Of these, Kappa Delta Rho was permanently suspended and Gamma Sigma Delta was suspended for 1 year.
As we noted in a previous post on our website, Penn State released its report on January 15th of this year. In it, Penn State reported that:
There are also several criminal prosecutions underway at this time involving former Beta Theta Pi members.
The University of Pittsburg reported 17 incidents, 3 of which resulted in suspensions of greater than 1 year:
Rosemont College reported no incidents.
Villanova University published its report and, in it, identified a total of eleven cases that it was required to report under the Piazza Law. Of those eleven:
The Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law is a step forward in that it has toughened the penalties for individuals, social organizations, and schools convicted of hazing. However, a review of the information presented on this page strongly suggests that many colleges and universities have been “reluctant” to investigate (much less punish) hazing in the past. Only time will tell if the Piazza Law will have its intended effects.
The fraternity hazing lawyers, and staff, at The Doan Law Firm will continue to monitor the media for reported incidents of hazing and will provide updates.
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