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Cuomo Passes Anti-Hazing Law Banning Harmful Rituals From College Frats

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College hazing is now officially illegal in New York State and those found guilty could serve up to a year in jail.

Gov. Cuomo signed a law into place Monday that prohibits certain physical contact and activities within fraternity initiation ceremonies that create a substantial risk of physical injury.

Those who engage in or require these types of physical activities as part of any initiation ritual will now be charged with hazing in the 1st degree.

The legislation is prompted by the death of 19-year-old Michael Deng, a Baruch college student who died in 2013 after suffering a massive head injury as a result of a hazing ritual.

It comes just two weeks before most colleges commence around the country, including Cortland State which has several fraternities of its own.

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