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c.l. lindsay: hazing & the law

c.l. lindsay: hazing & the law

In the early evening of Feb 2, 2017, Tim Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi pledge at Penn State, ran “the Gauntlet”—a drinking based obstacle course that had long been used as part of BTPs hazing ritual. He had 18 drinks in an 80-minute period. During the next 14 hours he fell multiple times, seriously injuring his abdomen and head. All the while, his brothers, rather than getting him medical help, kept him in the house to avoid getting in trouble. Two days later Piazza died from his injuries. And even then, the fraternity members minds went to self-protection—deliberately erasing the house’s security footage from that night.
There’s a lot to unpack from Tim Piazza’s story: moral and leadership failings, misguided loyalties, legal ramifications, cultural problems. All are covered in CL Lindsay’s hazing lecture. But the core of the talk is the concept of interpersonal responsibility. When we talk about the law, it’s easy to start thinking that “so long as I’m not breaking any rules, what I’m doing must be okay”. But we forget that laws are meant to be MINIMUM standards of care, the least anyone is expected to do. Certainly teammates, brothers, sisters, all owe each other much more.
Through this lens CL will talk to your students about the applicable state and college-specific policies on hazing and help students understand the true definition of hazing. He will teach students about negligence, social host liability, assault, and battery charges that can arise in hazing situations. But more importantly, using the Tim Piazza and other examples, CL will address the culture that perpetuates hazing and give strategies—via ethical leadership—to eliminate it on your campus.

Learning Outcomes Hazing and the Law
Attendees will:
Fully understand the state law (if one exists) and school policy concerning hazing, with an emphasis on bystander liability and immunity
Learn what behaviors can be considered hazing from the most subtle to violent varieties
Be taught the trends in state and federal law, including a look at Louisiana’s recently passed law that extends liability far beyond direct actors
Understand other potential legal problems that could arise in a hazing incident including, assault, battery, negligence, landlord liability and social host liability
Discuss the idea that laws and rules are MINIMUM standards of care and examine that idea in the context of Fraternity and Sorority tenets of brother- and sisterhood.
Learn about the history of hazing deaths in America going back to the 1800s
Deeply examine the case of Tim Piazza (Beta Theta Pi, Penn State University) and see how both the system and brotherhood bonds failed
Learn about Ethical Leadership and how teams, chapters and organizations can implement strategies to encourage transparency and accountability

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In the early evening of Feb 2, 2017, Tim Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi pledge at Penn State, ran “the Gauntlet”—a drinking based obstacle course that had long been used as part of BTPs hazing ritual. He had 18 drinks in an 80-minute period. During the next 14 hours he fell multiple times, seriously injuring his abdomen and head. All the while, his brothers, rather than getting him medical help, kept him in the house to avoid getting in trouble. Two days later Piazza died from his injuries. And even then, the fraternity members minds went to self-protection—deliberately erasing the house’s security footage from that night.
There’s a lot to unpack from Tim Piazza’s story: moral and leadership failings, misguided loyalties, legal ramifications, cultural problems. All are covered in CL Lindsay’s hazing lecture. But the core of the talk is the concept of interpersonal responsibility. When we talk about the law, it’s easy to start thinking that “so long as I’m not breaking any rules, what I’m doing must be okay”. But we forget that laws are meant to be MINIMUM standards of care, the least anyone is expected to do. Certainly teammates, brothers, sisters, all owe each other much more.
Through this lens CL will talk to your students about the applicable state and college-specific policies on hazing and help students understand the true definition of hazing. He will teach students about negligence, social host liability, assault, and battery charges that can arise in hazing situations. But more importantly, using the Tim Piazza and other examples, CL will address the culture that perpetuates hazing and give strategies—via ethical leadership—to eliminate it on your campus.

Learning Outcomes Hazing and the Law
Attendees will:
Fully understand the state law (if one exists) and school policy concerning hazing, with an emphasis on bystander liability and immunity
Learn what behaviors can be considered hazing from the most subtle to violent varieties
Be taught the trends in state and federal law, including a look at Louisiana’s recently passed law that extends liability far beyond direct actors
Understand other potential legal problems that could arise in a hazing incident including, assault, battery, negligence, landlord liability and social host liability
Discuss the idea that laws and rules are MINIMUM standards of care and examine that idea in the context of Fraternity and Sorority tenets of brother- and sisterhood.
Learn about the history of hazing deaths in America going back to the 1800s
Deeply examine the case of Tim Piazza (Beta Theta Pi, Penn State University) and see how both the system and brotherhood bonds failed
Learn about Ethical Leadership and how teams, chapters and organizations can implement strategies to encourage transparency and accountability

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In the early evening of Feb 2, 2017, Tim Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi pledge at Penn State, ran “the Gauntlet”—a drinking based obstacle course that had long been used as part of BTPs hazing ritual. He had 18 drinks in an 80-minute period. During the next 14 hours he fell multiple times, seriously injuring his abdomen and head. All the while, his brothers, rather than getting him medical help, kept him in the house to avoid getting in trouble. Two days later Piazza died from his injuries. And even then, the fraternity members minds went to self-protection—deliberately erasing the house’s security footage from that night.
There’s a lot to unpack from Tim Piazza’s story: moral and leadership failings, misguided loyalties, legal ramifications, cultural problems. All are covered in CL Lindsay’s hazing lecture. But the core of the talk is the concept of interpersonal responsibility. When we talk about the law, it’s easy to start thinking that “so long as I’m not breaking any rules, what I’m doing must be okay”. But we forget that laws are meant to be MINIMUM standards of care, the least anyone is expected to do. Certainly teammates, brothers, sisters, all owe each other much more.
Through this lens CL will talk to your students about the applicable state and college-specific policies on hazing and help students understand the true definition of hazing. He will teach students about negligence, social host liability, assault, and battery charges that can arise in hazing situations. But more importantly, using the Tim Piazza and other examples, CL will address the culture that perpetuates hazing and give strategies—via ethical leadership—to eliminate it on your campus.

Learning Outcomes Hazing and the Law
Attendees will:
Fully understand the state law (if one exists) and school policy concerning hazing, with an emphasis on bystander liability and immunity
Learn what behaviors can be considered hazing from the most subtle to violent varieties
Be taught the trends in state and federal law, including a look at Louisiana’s recently passed law that extends liability far beyond direct actors
Understand other potential legal problems that could arise in a hazing incident including, assault, battery, negligence, landlord liability and social host liability
Discuss the idea that laws and rules are MINIMUM standards of care and examine that idea in the context of Fraternity and Sorority tenets of brother- and sisterhood.
Learn about the history of hazing deaths in America going back to the 1800s
Deeply examine the case of Tim Piazza (Beta Theta Pi, Penn State University) and see how both the system and brotherhood bonds failed
Learn about Ethical Leadership and how teams, chapters and organizations can implement strategies to encourage transparency and accountability

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