Allan discusses anti-hazing laws with The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor of higher education Elizabeth Allan was quoted in a recent story in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the failure of an anti-hazing bill in Virginia prompted by the death of a student in a fraternity house. The article explores why some state legislatures pass anti-hazing legislation following the death or serious injury of a student, while others do not. “It is often the case that we don’t come up with a response until there’s been a very, very serious issue or harm that’s resulted,” Allan said. “And that’s not unique to hazing.” She added that while laws are part of an overall prevention strategy, they are not enough on their own to stop hazing. “It needs to be more widely understood why hazing is a problem, how it causes harm, how it undercuts the good things that we’re working toward for students,” she said.