Brown renews push for federal anti-hazing legislation

Press Staff Writer

        On March 24, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a conference call as he reintroduced the “Reach Act,” legislation to address hazing on college campuses, following the death of Stone Foltz, a Bowling Green State University student who died due to an alleged alcohol-induced hazing event earlier this month.
        Since 2000, there have been more than 50 hazing-related deaths on America’s college campuses.
        “We have to do more to stop these student deaths – parents shouldn’t have to worry for their children’s safety because they join a fraternity or sorority,” Brown said.
        Brown was joined on the call by Kathleen Wiant, whose son Collin died in a tragic hazing incident in 2018. Wiant joined in Brown’s call for federal action and passage of the Reach Act.
        “We need to change the culture of hazing and how it’s viewed,” Wiant said. “Changing this culture begins with changing the laws, because no family should have to experience the most painful type of heartbreak imaginable due tohazing. Parents and students deserve and need access to the necessary information to keep students safe.”
        Brown’s “Reach Act” would:
        • Require hazing incidents to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report,
        • Establish a definition of hazing to clarify what constitutes a reportable offense, and
        • Require institutions to establish a campus-wide, research-based program to educate students about the dangers of hazing.


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