Upping the Penalty for Hazing in Maryland

Mar 5, 2014

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The Maryland General Assembly took up a proposal to increase the penalty for hazing after a hazing case involving a Salisbury University fraternity.

The measure by state senator Jamie Raskin would increase the penalty from $500 to $5-thousand with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.

Andrea Goodwin, director of student conduct at University of Maryland College Park, told a senate committee that having a crime like hazing could change Greek life.

The Salisbury Daily Times obtained records from Salisbury University this past winter that revealed four disciplinary incidents in the Greek system over the past decade.

The university has made its disciplinary actions more transparent issuing an email several weeks ago that the suspension of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been extended.