Hazing in college fraternities has dominated headlines in recent years, most recently with the passing of the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, or “Tim’s Law.” Researchers have discovered that high school and middle school hazing was as demeaning, dangerous, and violent as hazing among college students. Additionally, many schools are unaware of the prevalence of hazing, or their responsibilities in effectively addressing it. This workshop will review current hazing research, look at PA’s “Tim’s Law,” examine the roles and responsibilities of schools in addressing hazing, discuss legal rulings on hazing and schools, and review hazing education and prevention models, including bystander intervention.
By the end of this session, participants will have:
• Examined the most recent research addressing hazing among middle and high school students;
• Explored the responsibilities of agencies and schools in recognizing and addressing hazing among youth;
• Reviewed legal rulings and current court cases involving youth and hazing, including PA’s new “Tim’s Law”; and
• Identify the options for hazing prevention, particularly the involvement of bystanders in prevention efforts
Behavioral health system & school staff
Participants must attend entire session and submit an evaluation.