WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
Senate Bill 440
By Senators Prezioso, Beach, Blair, Clements, Ihlenfeld, Maroney, Smith, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Hamilton, Jeffries, Hardesty, Baldwin, and Romano
28, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-16-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the Antihazing Law; and modifying the definition of “hazing” to address any type of organization whose members include students at any public or private institution of higher education.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 16. ANTIHAZING LAW.
(a) “Hazing” means to cause
any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental
or physical health or safety of another person or persons or causes another
person or persons to destroy or remove public or private property for the
purpose of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, or as a condition
for continued membership in, any organization
operating under the sanction
of or recognized as an organization by whose members include students of
an institution of higher education. The term includes, but is not limited to,
any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced
consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or any other forced
physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety
of the individual or individuals, and includes any activity which would subject
the individual or individuals to extreme mental stress, such as sleep
deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could
result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could
adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual or individuals,
or any willful destruction or removal of public or private property: Provided,
That the implied or expressed consent or willingness of a person or persons to
hazing shall not be a defense under this section.
(b) “Institution of higher education” or “institution” means any public or private institution as defined in §18B-1-2 of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to modify the definition of hazing to address any type of organization whose members include students at any public or private institution of higher education.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.