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Tougher Hazing Laws Proposed After Baruch Student's Death

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The death of a Baruch College student during a fraternity retreat in Pennsylvania has a Queens Assemblyman looking to crack down on hazing.

Investigators say 19-year-old Michael Deng died in December while taking part in an apparent hazing ritual with the Baruch College chapter of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity.

Now Assemblyman David Weprin is pushing what he calls "Michael Deng's Law," which would
create tougher penalties in hazing cases.

It would also include safety measures to prevent deaths and injuries.

"It would basically expand the definition of hazing, which would make it easier for prosecutors to prosecute individuals or groups involved in hazing. It would expand that definition to include any physical contact with the inductee during any initiation ceremony," Weprin said.

"It lets these fraternities know that it's not okay, just because they've done it for a long time doesn't mean that they can continue to do it. And that it's dangerous, and that they really have to take care of their members," said Jacob Chen, a friend of Deng's.

A coroner in Pennsylvania ruled Deng's death a homicide, but so far no charges have been filed.

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