Higher educational institutions, nonprofit and public; hazing policies. (SB439)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


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 HB 525. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103970D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/14/2022Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/17/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/20/2022Committee substitute printed 22104833D-S1
01/21/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2022Read second time
01/24/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104833D-S1
01/24/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB439S1
01/25/2022Passed by for the day
01/26/2022Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Committee substitute printed 22106812D-H1
02/23/2022Reported from Education with substitute (19-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106812D-H1
02/28/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB439H1
02/28/2022Passed House with substitute (98-Y 1-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Title replaced 22106812D-H1
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB439ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
03/16/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB439ER)
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 694 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0694)

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