New Jersey Defines Hazing As:
a person “knowingly or recklessly organiz[ing], promot[ing], facilitat[ing] or engag[ing] in any conduct, other than competitive athletic events, which . . . may place another person in danger of bodily injury,” provided that such conduct occurs in relation to an initiation into a fraternity, sorority, or other student group.
The Attorney General of New Jersey has developed a Pledge’s Bill of Rights, which, among other things, lists examples of what would qualify as hazing.
- Forced or required ingestion of alcohol, drugs, food, or any undesirable substance.
- Participation in sexual rituals or assaults.
- Mentally abusive or demeaning behavior.
- Acts that could result in physical, mental, or emotional deprivation or harm.
- Physical abuse, e.g. whipping, paddling, beating, tattooing, branding, and exposure to the elements.
Victims of hazing abuse should know that the law is much more expansive than the list of examples provided for in the Pledge’s Bill of Rights. The activities highlighted by the Pledge’s Bill of Rights merely serve as examples of hazing abuse. Other conduct may also fall under the purview of the New Jersey hazing law. Discuss your experience with our attorneys. Our consultations are always confidential and free.
What Are the Penalties for Hazing in New Jersey?
The anti-hazing law in New Jersey makes violators eligible for maximum criminal sanctions of up to 18 months imprisonment and a possible fine of $10,000. Criminal restitution alone will rarely, if ever, fully compensate hazing victims for their injuries. Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella are experienced New Jersey hazing victims’ attorneys who will fight to make sure that victims are fairly compensated for the physical, mental, and emotional injuries associated with hazing abuse.
Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have anti-hazing laws on the books, as do 44 out of the 50 states. The law firm of McLaughlin & Lauricella represents victims of hazing.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered as a result of being victimized by hazing in New Jersey, the Philadelphia law firm of McLaughlin & Lauricella can help. Free Consultation – Call the law firm at 856-380-3999 or contact us by email to see how you can get you the compensation you deserve.