New Bill Passes to Stop Hazing in Washington State

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Mar 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Hazing is a deliberate form of humiliation and destruction that people impose on others to determine if they “fit in” with the collective. Hazing happens in multiple places, not just colleges.

The problem with hazing is that it can quickly turn dangerous. Examples include making students sleep in urine and vomit-soaked sheets, deliberately placing themselves in harm's way, and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. The last example happened to a freshman at Washington State University who wanted to join the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity early this year. The student, Sam Martinez, drank too much alcohol and later died from alcohol poisoning.

In response to these actions, parents, college administrations, and political officials are taking action. After passing a 97-1 vote in the House of Representatives, this bill aims to reduce hazing incidents in higher education institutions in the state. Under this bill, colleges and universities countrywide would have to provide hazing education during student orientation. Additionally, they must make the information available to parents and volunteers to review.

The Impact of Hazing

Hazing has been a problem in the United States for years. Both fraternities and sororities are guilty of it, but lately, hazing has become a deadly ritual. Students often take on dangerous activities to gain acceptance and respect from their peers. Although many students undergo hazing unwillingly, the result – for them – is worth the effort.

Unfortunately, hazing leaves parents, friends, and loved ones devastated when it leads to death. These completely unnecessary activities harm everyone involved – not just those who undergo them. One example is when the student complains to college administrators but does not provide accurate information. As a result, the entire group, even those who did not participate, face adversely affecting them.

Being part of a fraternity or sorority is an exciting prospect, enough for some to undertake dangerous actions with considering the potential consequences. But when it leads to a suspension or expulsion of a student who is not involved in the hazing, it is unfair and destroys an innocent student's future. Without the help of a skilled advisor who can negotiate with college administrators, the reputation of these students leads to difficulties when applying to a new college and trying to continue forward towards their goals due to their disciplinary history.

Hiring an Attorney-Advisor

Although not all students engage in hazing, some face accusations by default because they are part of a sorority or fraternity that encourages this activity. If you are facing such allegations, you must act quickly. Your reputation and placement in university are under threat due to these dangerous actions that may have negative implications on your future.

Attorney-Advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have years of experience working with students across the United States accused of hazing and other misconduct charges. Specializing in student defense, Attorney-Advisor Lento and his expert team will prepare a strong defense for when you appear before a hearing panel, and as necessary, will negotiate with your school to decrease the likelihood of a negative outcome.

If you face accusations of hazing at your college or university, you must take action quickly before it's too late. Call attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 for more information.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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