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Hazing Resources

We believe in renewing the conversation surrounding the effects of hazing at Louisiana State University. The purpose of this message is to educate every stakeholder of our community of the challenges of hazing throughout our campus. By doing so, we plan to instill campus-wide social and moral responsibility, foster a campus culture of trust, and create mutually beneficial relationships amongst all members and mentors of campus teams, clubs, and organizations. As the flagship university of the state that supports and believes in these shared values, we commit to implementing proactive initiatives and critical conversations required to achieve our end goal of eliminating hazing at LSU.

Why this resource exists

At LSU, we’re family and care deeply about the well-being of our students and our campus community. With the LSU Commitment to Community as a guiding principle, we believe that students should be able to accomplish their goals in a healthy and encouraging environment, which fosters personal growth and development. 

Hazing is a serious issue that damages the growth and well-being of our students and campus community.
We hope this information will serve as a resource to our students, faculty, staff, parents, families, alumni, and other interested parties in educating themselves on issues of hazing at Louisiana State University.

This site is an adaption from our partners at Texas A&M University, University of Miami, and the University of Central Florida.

Hazing Prevention Education

Each organization as defined in the Max Gruver Act shall provide annually at least one hour of hazing prevention education to all members, prospective members, and anyone who is employed by or volunteers with the organization. The education may be provided in person, electronically, or both. Each organization shall submit a report annually to the institution with which it is affiliated relative to the students, employees, and volunteers receiving such education evidenced by an attestation of such individuals receiving the education.

Please visit LSU Hazing Prevention Education for resources to assist organizations with this requirement and reporting procedures.

Policies & Laws

LSU Policies

LSU is in the process of revising policies based on changes to Louisiana State Laws. Changes to the LSU Code of Student Conduct listed below are effective as of August 1, 2018.

  • LSU Code of Student Conduct - 10.2 M Hazing
  • LSU Code of Student Conduct - 10.2 B Coercive Behavior
  • LSU Code of Student Conduct - 3.4 Amnesty

LSU also revised PS-78 (Policy Statement 78 -- Serving, Possessing and Consuming of Alcoholic Beverages) given that alcohol abuse has been identified as a primary negative (and interrelated) behavior that consistently contributes to hazing.

Additionally, LSU established PM-80 (Permanent Memorandum 80 -- Prohibition of Hazing) which applies to all locations of LSU.

Louisiana State Law

  • Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1801 - Max Gruver Act
  • Act 382 - Crime: Provides relative to hazing
  • Act 481 - Civil Procedure: Authorizes exemplary damages in civil actions for death from hazing.
  • Act 512 - Public Records: Exempts specified personally identifiable information from the Public Records Law, related to reporting violations of student codes of conduct or other policies intended for the safety of students or employees of postsecondary education institutions. 
  • Act 635 - Crime/Felonies: Amends penalties relative to the crime of hazing.
  • Act 637 - Crime/Misdemeanor: Creates a penalty for those who fail to seek medical assistance for a person who has suffered serious bodily injury.
  • Act 640 - Colleges/Universities: Requires reporting, policies, and education on hazing.

Other Resources

Task Force