Anti-hazing bill for schools passes PA House

Anti-hazing bill for schools passes PA House
Posted at 6:24 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 11:01:51-04

Legislation that would require high schools and middle schools to write and enforce anti-hazing policies is through the Pennsylvania Legislature and on its way to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's desk.

The bill passed the House on Tuesday, 180-15, a week after it passed the Senate unanimously. Wolf's office said he'll sign it.

It would apply to any public or private school that includes any grade 7 through 12.

Each school would be required to post a copy of the anti-hazing policy online and provide a copy to all athletic coaches involved in organizations there.

Penalties could include fines, withholding of diplomas or transcripts, probation, suspension, dismissal or expulsion. An organization that authorizes hazing could lose access to school property or the ability to operate under the school's sanction.