Higher educational institutions, nonprofit and public; hazing policies. (HB525)

Introduced By

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Irene Shin (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Institutions of higher education; hazing; policies. Establishes mandates at nonprofit private institutions of higher education and public institutions of higher education relating to hazing and defines different types of organizations at such institutions to which the mandates apply. The bill requires each such institution to provide to each current member, new member, and potential new member of each student organization with new members hazing prevention training that includes extensive, current, and in-person education about hazing, the dangers of hazing, including alcohol intoxication, and hazing laws and institution policies and information explaining that the institution's disciplinary process is not to be considered a substitute for the criminal legal process and provides that if a student organization with new members has an advisor, such advisor shall receive such hazing prevention training. The bill requires the governing board of each institution to include as part of its policy, code, rules, or set of standards governing sexual violence a provision for immunity from disciplinary action based on hazing or personal consumption of drugs or alcohol where such disclosure is made in conjunction with a good faith report of an act of hazing in advance of or during an incident of hazing that causes injury to a person. Beginning with the 2022–2023 academic year, the bill requires each institution to maintain and publicly report actual findings of violations of the institution's code of conduct or of federal or state laws pertaining to hazing that are reported to campus authorities or local law enforcement. This bill shall be known as Adam's Law. This bill is identical to SB 439. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103974D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/24/2022Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/31/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2022Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22106164D-H1
02/07/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2022Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/09/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106203D-H2
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee on Education substitute rejected 22106164D-H1
02/14/2022Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 22106203D-H2
02/14/2022Amendment by Delegate Helmer rejected
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB525H2
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (98-Y 2-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (98-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/24/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Committee substitute printed 22106889D-S1
02/25/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106889D-S1
02/28/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB525S1
02/28/2022Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Senate substitute rejected by House 22106889D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by temporarily
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Senate receded from substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB525ER)
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB525ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 693 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0693)

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