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S. 706: REACH Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 706


March 7, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Casey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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)(F)) is amended—


in clause (i)(IX), by striking and after the semicolon;


in clause (ii), by striking and after the semicolon;


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 a campus official.



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 redesignating clauses (iii) through (v) as clauses (iv) through (vi), respectively; and


by inserting after clause (ii) 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 (regardless of that student's willingness to participate), 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 (including any athletic team affiliated with that institution); 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)(iii)..


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 shall provide a comprehensive program to prevent hazing (as defined in section 485(f)(6)(A)(iii)). The program shall—


be a campus-wide program for students, staff, faculty, and other campus stakeholders (such as alumni and families of students);


be a research-based program;


be designed and implemented in partnership with a broad coalition of campus stakeholders, including leadership of the institution, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families of students;


include information on hazing awareness, hazing prevention, the institution’s policies on hazing, how to report hazing, and the process used to investigate hazing; and


include skill building for bystander intervention, information about ethical leadership, and the promotion of strategies for building group cohesion without hazing.