Sam’s Law is the name of new anti-hazing legislation adopted in Washington State in
2022. It is named after Sam Martinez, a freshman at Washington State University who
died of alcohol poisoning at a fraternity party in November 2019. The new law updates
the definition of hazing and requires institutions of higher education to implement
anti-hazing programming for employees and students. It also requires institutions
of higher education (IHEs) to publish an annual report identifying student organizations,
athletic teams, and living groups found responsible for engaging in hazing.
Hazing is prohibited within the Lower Columbia College community. Hazing is any conduct
committed as part of a person’s recruitment, initiation, pledging, admission into,
or affiliation with a student organization, athletic team, or living group (collectively
“student groups”) or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such a student
group that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious
psychological or emotional harm, to any student or other person attending Lower Columbia
College, including causing, directing, coercing, or forcing a person to consume any
food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance which subjects the person to risk
of such harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. "Hazing" does
not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions. This
prohibition applies to conduct that may occur both on and off campus.
Additional information about anti-hazing law is located in RCW 28B.10.901 and RCW 28B.10.902.
Reports and/or findings about hazing activity will be posted here as they become available.
The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student or Student Group,
who commits, attempts to commit, aids, abets, incites, encourages, or assists another
person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to hazing.
For more information please see the Code of Student Conduct.
If, as a result of observations or information received in the course of employment
or volunteer service, any employee, including a student employee, or volunteer at
Lower Columbia College has reasonable cause to believe that hazing has occurred, the
employee or volunteer shall report the incident, or cause a report to be made, to
the Director of Student Conduct & Security Services, Jason Arrowsmith, directly at
email@example.com or through the College’s Make-A-Report system. The employee or volunteer shall make the report at the first opportunity to do so.
For the full policy and procedure please see Policy 268 and procedure 268.1A below
LCC provides an online training program, Voices for Change, Hazing and Intimidation, which defines hazing, its prevalence on college campuses, myths, and what students
can do to prevent hazing. As part of the college’s Title IX training for student athletes,
student government, and other student organizations, members of the Title IX team
provided in person training to all LCC student athletes, and members of ASLCC, Speech
and Debate, and Drama club during fall quarter 2022.
The hazing prevention committee promotes and addresses hazing prevention. View the Hazing Prevention Committee page.
Make a report (click here)
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