WASHINGTON, January 18, 2019— Yesterday, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) and Rep. David P. Joyce (R-Ohio) re-introduced the bipartisan Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, legislation that has had strong support from the NIC and many of its interfraternal partners since first filed in 2017.
The REACH Act would require colleges and universities to disclose information about hazing on campus in their annual crime reports. It would also require any college or university that accepts federal funding to provide hazing prevention education to all students.
“The REACH Act calls for a comprehensive approach to fighting hazing—heightened proactive education, transparency and accountability,” said NIC President and CEO Judson Horras. “It is just one of the ways we hope Congress will work with fraternities and the Anti-Hazing Coalition to address this critical issue.”
In 2018, alongside parents who lost their sons to hazing and several interfraternal organizations, the NIC formed the Anti-Hazing Coalition to pursue stronger federal and state anti-hazing laws and educate thousands of students about the issue. In recent months, the Conference has also taken steps to enhance health and safety across college campuses through new measures to reduce alcohol and substance abuse.