Governor Wolf Applauds Legislative Action, Will Sign Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Bill into Law
October 15, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement today after the legislature passed Senator Jake Corman’s Timothy J. Piazza Law to combat hazing:
“I thank Senator Corman and bipartisan members of the legislature for getting this important bill to my desk,” said Governor Wolf. “Hazing is counter to the experience we want for college students in Pennsylvania. We must give law enforcement the tools to hold people accountable and ensure schools have safeguards to protect students and curb hazing.”
The National Study of Student Hazing reports that 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.
Senate Bill 1090 will increase penalties for all of those involved in hazing; requires schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and informs students and parents of what is happening on campus. It also establishes clear-cut parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.