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LAWMAKERS BACK MEASURE REQUIRING ANTI-HAZING RULES

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No more "boys will be boys" excuse.

The House Tuesday unanimously passed SB150, which requires local school boards to adopt rules against hazing. The bill needs only the governor's signature to become law.The bill expands the legal definition of hazing to include inappropriate conduct in locker rooms. Local board rules shall include prohibitions against foul, abusive or profane language use; use of illegal substances and "hazing, demeaning or assaultive behavior, whether consensual or not."

Board rules would specifically prohibit "inappropriate exposure of body parts not normally exposed in public settings."

The bill also would require school personnel to report such acts to school administrators.

Failure to report could constitute "unprofessional conduct," under professional licensing standards.

Sponsored by Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, the bill recognizes the value of an individual student's participation in extracurricular activities. However, students who participate in student government and extra curricular activities become role models "who play major roles in establishing standards of acceptable behavior."