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Hazing in universities across the nation has become an increasingly dangerous ritual that is seemingly becoming more difficult to put an end to due to its development into an underground activity Though a regular activity in the seventies hazing a possible dangerous act of initiation to a group has now become an activity that is banned in thirty-nine states Wagner 16 However this ritual has not been stopped or become less severe In fact it is becoming more dangerous Since it has been banned with many colleges imposing their own penalties against those participating in it many fraternities and sororities have pursued this activity in an underground fashion Since these groups have gone underground some victims of these rituals have been injured and subsequently died This is due to the hazers not seeking medical treatment for the victims for fear that they may be fined or charged by police or campus authorities One estimate states that at least sixty-five students have died between the years of 1978 and 1996 from beatings and stress inflicted during fraternity initiation rites Greek 26 Hazing has been defined in the Pennsylvania Hazing Law as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical safety of a student or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education The term shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping beating branding forced calisthenics exposure to the elements forced consumption of any food liquor drug or other substance or any forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress such as sleep deprivation forced
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