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Arizona anti-hazing bill signed into law

The bill titled “Jack’s Law’ is called in honor of former Arizona State University freshman Jack Culolias.

PHOENIX — A brand new law in Arizona is concentrating on the risks of hazing rituals.

Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2322 into law. The bill titled “Jack’s Law” is called in honor of former Arizona State University freshman Jack Culolias.

Culolias died in November 2012 from alcohol poisoning after an evening of consuming as a part of a hazing ritual to affix the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Investigators say Culolias drowned at Tempe Town Lake after falling into the water. His physique was recovered 16 days later.

“He was the life of the party. He always had a smile on his face. He was super social and had a ton of friends,” mentioned Jack’s similar twin brother Alex Culolias.

The bill protects faculty and excessive college students towards psychological and bodily abuse and sexual humiliation, and different degrading acts which might be usually behind hazing rituals.

Under the law, people may face costs for his or her function within the acts.

Punishments can vary from misdemeanors to felonies if a loss of life is concerned.

Colleges will even be required to reveal the law, and college students will likely be required to signal acknowledgment in handbooks.

“It’s amazing that there hasn’t been a bill or a law because this has to stop,” mentioned Jack’s mother Grace Culolias.

For practically a decade, Grace Culolias has been on a mission to forestall one other household from experiencing loss due to faculty hazing. Thursday, her onerous work paid off with the signing of the bill.

She says it’s going to save lives.  

State Representative John Kavanaugh authored the bill and says it acquired help from fraternities and sororities.

“The mere fact that it is now illegal to plan, let alone engage in it. I think it is a wake-up call that I think they will adhere to.”

Arizona was beforehand amongst six states within the United States that didn’t have a law imposing punishments for hazing.

Previously, legal guidelines required public universities and faculties to ascertain guidelines and packages.

The bill will go into impact on September 24, 2022.  

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