Hazing Is Illegal; Hazing Prevention Training Required for All Student Organizations
September 12, 2022
Hazing at LSU
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. This means engaging in any such hazing activity (see what constitutes hazing below) can result in probation, suspension, or expulsion from LSU, as well as possible felony charges under Louisiana law.
If you have witnessed hazing, or have seen suspicious behavior, you must report in one of the following ways:
- Contact LSU Police at 225-578-3231 or 911.
- Report directly to LSU.
- Anonymously report hazing and other crimes to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) and possibly receive a monetary reward.
- Visit LSU Cares.
Louisiana law requires that every student organization, as defined in the Max Gruver Act, must provide at least one hour of hazing prevention education annually to all members and prospective members. The education may be provided in person, electronically, or both. See below for more information. The student organization is required to verify attendance of all members and prospective members to the university.
Members and prospective members of student organizations have these options for education during fall 2022 semester:
- Complete the online Hazing Prevention Education training module in Moodle. Once completed, the student will receive a certificate of completion they can share with their organization for verification.
- A student organization may conduct its own hazing prevention education training. Training materials include a PowerPoint presentation and Train the Trainer Guide. In order to pursue this option a representative of the organization must attend a “train the trainer” course to receive additional information on this opportunity.
- Training must be completed by October 1, 2022, for fall members; any new members who join after this date must complete a training by March 1, 2023. To verify your organization has completed the requirement, you must complete the Hazing Prevention Education Certification form.
Bystander Assistance is Required by Law
Bystander assistance is required by law. If you are aware that someone has suffered serious bodily injury, Louisiana law requires you to report it and to provide reasonable assistance for the injured person. This obligation extends to all persons, including an individual engaging in reckless behavior which causes another serious bodily injury.
LSU Amnesty Policy
LSU’s amnesty policy is intended to promote action when an emergency situation is present by excusing a student or registered student organization from university sanctions under the Code of Student Conduct. Amnesty is not intended to excuse any student or organization causing the emergency situation or unsafe condition. The decision to grant amnesty for violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be determined as provided in Section 3 of the Code of Student Conduct on a case-by-case basis.
All information related to Hazing, Reporting, Bystander Assistance, Policies and Laws, Amnesty and additional resources can be found on the LSU Hazing Prevention website page.