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H.R. 662: REACH Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 17, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 662


January 17, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Ms. Omar, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Murphy, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Ms. Johnson of Texas, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Hill of Arkansas, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, Ms. Blunt Rochester, Ms. Moore, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mrs. Demings, Ms. Underwood, Mrs. McBath, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Mr. Cleaver, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Clay, Mr. Richmond, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Horsford, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. McEachin, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Evans, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Adams, Mr. Allred, and Mr. Jeffries) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to disclose hazing incidents, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing Act or the REACH Act.


Inclusion of hazing incidents in annual security reports

Section 485(f)(1)(F) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(1)) is amended—


in clause (i), by striking and at the end;


in clause (ii), by striking and at the end;


in clause (iii), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and


by adding at the end the following:


of hazing incidents that were reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies.



Definition of hazing

Section 485(f)(6)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)) is amended by adding at the end the following:


The term hazing means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student, or a former student, of an institution of higher education, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, that—


was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in, any organization that is affiliated with such institution of higher education; and


contributes to a substantial risk of physical injury, mental harm, or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.



Recording of hazing incidents

Section 485(f)(7) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(7)) is amended by inserting after the second sentence the following: For hazing incidents, such statistics shall be compiled in accordance with the definition of that term in paragraph (6)(A)(vi).


Educational program on hazing

Section 487(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:


The institution will provide students with an educational program on hazing (as that term is defined in section 485(f)(6)(A)(vi)), which shall include information on hazing awareness, hazing prevention, and institution’s policies on hazing.