Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112552
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File Number: 112552 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1098-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SUPPORTING ANTI-HAZING POLICIES AT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM Introduced: 12/2/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/6/2011
Agenda Date: 12/6/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A20
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ACTIONS OF GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO REVIEW THE ANTI-HAZING POLICIES AT UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUIRE MORE ROBUST POLICIES AT BOTH PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC UNIVERSITIES THAT IMPLEMENT STRICTER PENALTIES, GREATER ENFORCEMENT AND ADDITIONAL EDUCATION TO ADDRESS HAZING INCIDENTS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/6/2011 11A20 Adopted P

County Mayor 12/2/2011 Additions 12/6/2011

County Attorney 12/2/2011 Assigned Michael B. Valdes

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ACTIONS OF GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO REVIEW THE ANTI-HAZING POLICIES AT UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUIRE MORE ROBUST POLICIES AT BOTH PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC UNIVERSITIES THAT IMPLEMENT STRICTER PENALTIES, GREATER ENFORCEMENT AND ADDITIONAL EDUCATION TO ADDRESS HAZING INCIDENTS

BODY
WHEREAS, hazing needlessly endangers the mental and physical health and safety of students; and
WHEREAS, hazing can have a pervasive negative effect on victims and their families who, well after the incident, may still feel lasting psychological harm; and
WHEREAS, the recent alleged hazing incident at Florida A&M University is but one example of a growing and disturbing trend in college campuses across the country; and
WHEREAS, our universities should be safe havens for Florida’s students where participation in organizations and activities is never discouraged; and
WHEREAS, universities are entrusted with the vital task of educating the future leaders of our communities; and
WHEREAS, hazing directly impedes that mission by intimidating many students from participating in the organizations and activities that instill the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to foster a positive and active civic life among Florida’s students; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature has demonstrated its shared concern on this issue through the passage of the Chad Meredith Act in 2005, which established hazing as a criminal offense punishable as a third degree felony for acts that result in serious bodily injury or death and as a first degree misdemeanor for acts that create a substantial risk of physical injury or death; and
WHEREAS, current Florida law also requires all public and nonpublic universities whose students receive state student financial assistance to adopt a written anti-hazing policy which includes rules prohibiting students and other persons associated with any student organization from engaging in hazing; and
WHEREAS, recent incidents have plainly demonstrated a definitive need for Florida’s university presidents to reevaluate their universities’ anti-hazing policies to ensure greater conformity with the legislative intent of the Florida Statues, as they relate to hazing; and
WHEREAS, a truly effective anti-hazing policy will undoubtedly require universities to adopt a comprehensive approach that includes stricter penalties, greater no-tolerance enforcement, and additional education; and
WHEREAS, Governor Rick Scott recently encouraged State University System of Florida Chancellor Frank Brogan and the Board of Governors to request all university presidents in the State University System to reevaluate their current hazing and harassment policies and procedures, to strictly condemn all hazing incidents on college and university campuses, and to remind students, faculty and staff of the policies and procedures relating to hazing; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature can also require nonpublic universities whose students receive state student financial assistance to adopt these more robust anti-hazing policies,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Supports the actions of Governor Rick Scott to review the anti-hazing policies at universities in the State University System.
Section 2. Urges the Florida Legislature to require more robust policies at both public and nonpublic universities that implement stricter penalties, greater enforcement, and additional education to address hazing incidents.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, the Senate President, the House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 4. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in Section 1 and 2 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2012 state legislative package to include this item.



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