Hazing laws

Hazing expert Hank Nuwer discusses the latest reforms on hazing laws and what still can be done to make them better
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What is the latest on hazing law reforms? Hazing is very much in the news right now because of the death of Robert Champion and a band hazing at Florida A&M. And what has occurred is a kind of national groundswell to try to get a federal law against hazing. And the reason for that is there are 44 states that have laws on hazing but some of them are very, very weak, a misdemeanor for example. A death very recently at Radford University, a $1,000 dollar fine to five people for hazing. No jail time. A $1,000 dollar fine. And it goes on up to let say felonies where a student could go to jail potentially in Florida for up to five years. So the new federal law that people are trying to get passed would be to have things more uniform across the country. I think it´s badly needed. I think it is going to be difficult to get it passed. There will be a lot of debate over this law. But eventually I think it will happen and it will be a good thing.
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Hazing expert Hank Nuwer discusses the latest reforms on hazing laws and what still can be done to make them better

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Hank Nuwer

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Hank Nuwer is a writer and social critic who writes on the topic of hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and USA high school and campus safety issue. The State University of New York's Buffalo State College awarded him a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2006 for his long career as a hazing historian and researcher. His first investigative story on hazing appeared in 1978 for Human Behavior Magazine, including his groundbreaking interview on hazing as a form of Groupthink conducted with Groupthink theorist Irving Janis.  

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