Minnesota Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced legislation to address hazing on college campuses.
The Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act would help to address hazing by requiring incidents to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report and by requiring institutions to establish a program to educate and prevent hazing.
“Hazing is a dangerous—and at times deadly—problem on college campuses, but unless someone voluntarily shares a story of hazing, we don’t have the data to know just how prevalent it is,” Klobuchar said. “The REACH Act will require colleges and universities to include hazing as part of their annual crime reports, giving us a comprehensive and accurate picture of the crisis so that we can create effective measures to address it. This legislation also encourages administrators to work with students on preventative programs to ensure that every student has a safe college experience.”
The bill also establishes a definition for hazing to clarify what constitutes a reportable offense.
Bipartisan companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives.