Posted Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 11:16 AM
UCF participated in National Hazing Prevention Week September 23—27, 2019. This national awareness week brings attention to hazing prevention efforts on campuses across the country. Programs sponsored on UCF’s campus focused on the broader impacts of hazing in our community. There are real impacts on the family and friends of hazing victims that extend beyond the institution. About 250 students documented their commitment to prevent hazing by signing the pledge against hazing. Students were greeted by student leaders and Knightro in the Student Union as they completed the online pledge and signed the UCF campus Banner.
Students from registered student organizations, sport clubs, and fraternities and sororities participated in this campus effort. On Wednesday, students heard about the details of Andrew’s Law from guest speakers David Bianchi and Michael Levine of Stewart, Tilghman, Fox, Bianchi & Cain, P.A.. They helped create and lobby for this new legislation. This new legislation introduces stricter punishments for those who take part in any act of hazing.
Any act of hazing that causes serious bodily injury or death is now a third degree felony in the state of Florida. Bianchi and Levine came to UCF on Wednesday the 25th and hosted 2 informational sessions for the community to attend. On Thursday the 25th the Hazing Prevention Education Committee hosted their annual Silent March. This year around 300 students gathered in front of the Student Union and marched to the Reflecting Pond. Marching with signs and banners, students advocated against hazing. Miss UCF, Keyara Lyn, presented a spoken word poem about the personal impact of hazing on college campuses.