Governor Cuomo Signs Anti-Hazing Legislation

No more physical contact for pledges

August 13, 2018 - 1:12 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed anti-hazing legislation ahead the beginning of a new semester at New York colleges. 

The bill prohibits physical contact or activity in any organization's initiating ceremony. This new law was created in response to the December 8, 2013 incident involving Chen "Michael" Deng, a 19-year-old student at Baruch College, who died after a hazing ritual known as "glass ceiling". Dent suffered a massive head injury after he was blindfolded and forced to lug a knapsack loaded with 20 pounds of sand as fraternity members repeatedly took him down. 

New York state already has several anti-hazing laws in place, though incidents have not decreased.

"These hazing rituals are dangerous and reckless with potentially fatal consequences, and I'm proud to sign this legislation to protect college students across this great state," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "As we prepare for the beginning of another school year, parents and students alike deserve to have peace of mind that we take hazing seriously and will have zero tolerance for these abuses in New York."

Anyone who engages in these physical activities would be guilty of hazing in the first degree 

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