Dem proposes ending federal aid to students guilty of hazing

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is proposing that students who are convicted of a criminal hazing offense be denied federal student aid.

Grayson introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent these students from getting any help under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. That title provides federal Pell Grants and financial aid to students, and payments to states that can be used to provide aid to students.

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The bill states simply that, "No student who is convicted of a criminal hazing offense under State law shall be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title."

"Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for or help subsidize the college education of individuals who physically harm their fellow students on our nation's campuses," Grayson told The Hill.

"We've seen some truly alarming examples of hazing in the past few years, and my bill would punish the individuals who perpetrate these terrible crimes. I'm hopeful that it will be signed into law this year."

In 2011, a member of Florida A&M's marching band was beaten to death by his own bandmates as part of a hazing ritual. A hearing was held this week on six of the band members who were charged in that incident.

Last month, a student at a New York City college was killed after being tackled and shoved as part of a hazing. That led Baruch College to ban the frat that was involved, Pi Delta Psi.

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