LSU during National Anti-Hazing Week: Where are we now?

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — It is the third week of September, which means it is National Anti-Hazing Week. LSU is no stranger to hazing scandals, and although policies have changed, one organization says it might not be enough.

It has been four years since the death of LSU student Max Gruver which led to the passing of the Max Gruver Act, requiring all organizations on campus to undergo training on university hazing policies.

LSU updated its Code of Student Conduct just a few months after Governor John Bel Edwards signed the Act in the Spring of 2018. 

Ahead of National Anti-Hazing Week, LSU sent a message to students reminding them of the university’s hazing policies, which state, “Hazing is illegal and is strictly prohibited at LSU. No one can “consent” to be hazed and any allegations of hazing will be investigated by law enforcement and pursued to the fullest extent of the LSU Code of Student Conduct.”

The policy continues by stating that hazing can lead to expulsion from the university and even felony charges under Louisiana Law. 

Beginning in the fall of 2019, LSU made it its policy that all on-campus organizations would be required to undergo hazing prevention training. The training consists of reading the university’s policies and taking a quiz. We spoke to a representative from the group Tigers Against Sexual Assult who doubts the effectiveness of that training. 

“To be honest, I like to read everything, and I pay attention, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most people just do a cursory reading of it and then take the quiz… it’s kind of just something that you have to do to be on campus, so I’m sure most people don’t put a lot of effort into it,” says Mia Macaluso.

Macaluso says LSU’s response time to hazing reports seems to have improved, and organizations are more cautious with initiation procedures. However, citing the most recent hazing case in Greek organizations, she says it’s still happening.

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