Many colleges and some high schools have fraternities and sororities to attract students with similar goals and interests. Fraternity hazing is used as a rite of passage to join a group. It is a practice of rituals involving harassment, abuse or humiliation. There has been approximately 50 deaths associated with hazing over the years. The people involved in hazing incidents rarely admit it happened, making hazing cases complex. It requires extensive investigations which can be done with the help of an experienced attorney.
- Hazing is a crime. Anyone who participates in such an act is criminally liable. Most of the states have outlawed hazing. If a student is hurt, it becomes a felony.
- It can result in a civil lawsuit. School, faculty and other individuals can be held responsible if they allow hazing to take place or fail to take steps to stop it.
- In some states, individuals can be held criminally liable if they do not report hazing incidents to authorities when they are obligated to do so.
- Consent to hazing is not a defense.
- Penalties and jail time depends on the amount of harm caused to the victim.
- Consequences of hazing include school or college disciplinary action, sanctions against the fraternity or sorority and damage to one’s reputation. It also includes a criminal record, jail time or fines.
- Schools and colleges have anti-hazing policies with penalties which include suspension or expulsion from the school.
Contact The Reinken Law Firm
The lawyers at the Reinken Law Firm are dedicated to obtaining justice for students that are injured or killed as a result of the negligence and or intentional activities of fraternities or sororities. If a family member or loved one has suffered a loss as a result of hazing or other activities in a fraternity house or sorority, our legal team is there to assist you in obtaining justice and a fair monetary award. We will investigate your case and expose the truth. Please contact one of our attorneys and we will confidentially discuss what legal rights are open to you and your family. You can call us at 203-418-7037/ 203-489-2825