Hazing and Other Injuries At School

The Frank Law Firm has the experience and skill needed to handle your school or university negligence case. If you or a loved one are a victim of such negligence, call The Frank Law Firm.

The Duty to Protect Our Children

There is nothing more loved or cherished that we turn over to the care of another than our children. Those who operate our public and private schools and universities have an obligation to do so with reasonable care to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their students. When they do not, students can be injured by unsafe activities, such as hazing, student-on-student violence, and sexual assault.

The Definition of Hazing

Florida statutes define hazing as, “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a post-secondary institution. ‘Hazing’ includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.”

The Reality of Sexual Assault on Campuses

On September 21, 2015, the University of Florida released the results of the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, a survey of the Association of American Universities, in which UF and 26 other universities participated. UF’s findings generally mirror student responses from the other top-tier universities that participated in the study and align with similar recent national surveys of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses. The study found that one in five UF female undergraduate students indicated they have experienced some type of sexual assault—ranging from sexual touching such as groping to unwanted penetration — since entering UF. Five percent of male undergraduates reported the same.

The survey also looked at whether female victims of sexual assault and sexual misconduct report it to either the university or another organization, such as law enforcement. Of female students who responded that they had been victims of penetration by physical force: 58 percent said they did not report the behavior because they did not think it was serious enough to report; 23 percent did not report the incident because they did not think anything would be done about it; 18 percent did not report because they feared the information would not be kept confidential; and 27 percent did not report because they felt embarrassed or ashamed.

Retaining an Attorney When a Student is Injured at School

The Frank Law Firm has the experience and skill needed to handle your school or university negligence case. If you or a loved one are a victim of such negligence, call The Frank Law Firm, 850-224-HELP (4357) to speak with us about your personal injury or wrongful death case.

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