—The Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School will present “Hazing in Sports: Legal, Psychological and Public Policy Implications,” a panel discussion from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Chase Community Center at VLS. The event is free and open to the public and press, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.
Incidents of hazing and athlete-on-athlete abuse make national headlines, though the vast majority of incidents go unreported. According to 2015 research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine and reported by Reuters, “At the college level, 80 percent of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes say they have experienced some form of hazing throughout their college athletic career while 42 percent reported a history of also being hazed in high school.”
The VLS panel, moderated by Professor , director of the Sports Law Institute, will examine the legal and public policy implications of hazing in addition to the psychological effects. Guest panelists include Rick Farnum, athletic leadership educator and former University of Vermont athletic director; Heather Thomas Lynn, a partner at Burlington-based law firm Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky; and Dave Landers, a professor of psychology and gender studies at St. Michael’s College.
“We look forward to welcoming our esteemed guests to Vermont Law School for what promises to be an informative, wide-ranging discussion on the issue of hazing in athletics,” Porto said. “The discussion will explore what hazing is, why it persists on athletic teams, its effects on individuals and institutions, and what can be done to prevent it.”
For more information about “Hazing in Sports: Legal, Psychological and Public Policy Implications,” email vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/sports-law-institute. or call 802-831-1144. For more information about the Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School, visit
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