• Diana R. Sever, Esq.

New Year, New Anti-Hazing Bill for NJ

As we send our youngest of three sons off to college, legislation recently signed by New Jersey Governor couldn’t be more timely. On Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed a new anti-hazing bill into law that requires schools – public and private middle schools, high schools and colleges - to adopt anti-hazing policies, expands activities encompassing criminal hazing, and increases the penalties for those found guilty of hazing offenses.

Under this new law, hazing will be upgraded from a fourth-degree crime to a third-degree crime if it results in death or serious bodily injury, and from a disorderly persons offense to a fourth-degree crime if it results in bodily injury. The legislation is named after Tim Piazza, a 19-year-old Readington resident and Pennsylvania State University student who died after falling down a flight of stairs as a result of hazing in February 2017.

This law is a laudable step in the right direction towards protecting our children and, ultimately, eradicating criminal hazing for good.


Learn more about the new anti-hazing bill, click below:

https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/governor-murphy-signs-timothy-j-piazzas-law/



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