Cassidy’s bipartisan bill aims to end on-campus hazing

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Oct. 24 introduced the bipartisan End All Hazing Act, which would make hazing incidences transparent at the nation’s institutions of higher education.

“A nationwide standard to inform prospective students and parents of hazing infractions increases transparency and accountability,” Sen. Cassidy said.

The lawmaker sponsored S. 2711 with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) to require all colleges and universities to disclose on their websites any hazing-related misconduct on campus or within a student organization, according to a bill summary provided by Sen. Cassidy’s office.

“Choosing a college should be based on the best information about academics, cost, post-graduation job prospects and safety,” said Sen. Cassidy. “Isn’t this what we all want?”

The bill has garnered support from a variety of sources, including the family of Max Gruver, a Louisiana State University student who died as a result of hazing during a 2017 fraternity event. Gruver’s death inspired Sen. Cassidy’s bill after he met last week with the student’s father and other parents of hazing victims in Washington, D.C.

The Gruver family launched the Max Gruver Foundation, a non-profit working to end hazing that reports more than 200 students have died due to hazing.

“We are extremely happy with Senator Cassidy’s support and leadership on End All Hazing Act,” said Steve Gruver. “We are grateful for his sincere passion backing this legislation honoring our son Max and all the other parents with us that have lost their child to hazing.”

National Greek organizations also support S. 2711, including the National Panhellenic Conference and the North American Interfraternity Conference.