New Law Prompted by Death of 19-Year-Old Baruch College Student in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed anti-hazing legislation to help keep students safe as they go back to school. The law (S.2755/A.5200) prohibits certain physical contact or requiring physical activity in any organization’s initiating ceremony to prevent the deaths or serious injuries of students during fraternity pledging ceremonies.

“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. “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.”

“The safety of our students is a top priority and these hazing rituals put them at risk of physical and emotional harm,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This legislation will help to combat these dangerous rituals and prevent injury and potential fatality of our students. We will not tolerate these actions that threaten the lives of students in New York State.”


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