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)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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 student organizations officially recognized by an institution of higher education structured in such a way that upon invitation for membership, individuals do not automatically become members of such organization and have a period of time between invitation for membership and being initiated into membership, to have an advisor present at all official events where new members and members of the student organization hosting the event are invited or are instructed to attend, except that such advisors may be asked to leave the room during ceremonies, rituals, or other such events that are only permitted to be attended by the new members and members. Such advisors shall provide extensive, current, and in-person education and information on hazing to all members and new members of such organizations. 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. Read the Bill »

Status

01/20/2022: passed committee

History

DateAction
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)

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