For Employees: Hazing Prevention & Reporting
October 4, 2021
Hazing is illegal in Louisiana and is strictly prohibited at LSU. Our state laws create responsibilities for employees where hazing is concerned. Any allegations of hazing will be investigated by law enforcement and pursued to the fullest extent of the law and the LSU Code of Student Conduct. This means that engaging in any such activity can result in probation, suspension, or expulsion from LSU, as well as possible felony charges under Louisiana law. Additionally, any faculty or staff believed to have engaged in hazing will be subject to an investigation by HRM. Help keep LSU safe by reporting suspicious behavior to LSU Police at 225-578-3231 or 911. You can also anonymously report hazing and other crimes to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) and possibly receive a monetary reward. For additional reporting options visit the LSU Cares website.
Know the signs of hazing:
- Sleep deprivation
- Excessive absence from class
- Declining academic performance
- Not showered/clean
- Wearing unusual or similar/identical clothing with members of the new member class
- Pulling away emotionally and physically from friends and family
- Defensive responses about student organization membership when explaining unusual events or activities
- Lengthy weekend commitments
- Loss of privileges that may sound unnatural, like having the cell phone taken away for a few days, or prevention from eating, sleeping, etc.
Know the law.
Stricter state laws, including the Max Gruver Act, and LSU policies significantly increase the civil and criminal penalties for hazing. Regardless of the situation, no one can “consent” to be hazed—it is illegal. To learn more about what constitutes hazing, or to anonymously report hazing, go to LSU's hazing website.
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. Learn more about these laws and penalties on the Hazing Resources website under “Policies & Laws.”
LSU offers Bystander Intervention Training, known as Tiger BITes, to students, faculty and staff. This training focuses on developing the awareness, skills and courage needed to intervene in risky situations. Learn more about Tiger BITes.
The elimination of hazing on our campus begins with reporting. Reporting responsibility is on you at the moment you become aware of its occurrence. To report a dangerous situation that is underway, call 911 or 225-578-3231 for immediate police response. You can also anonymously report hazing and other crimes to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
Once there is no longer present danger, you must fill out the mandated reporting form for LSU Employees. If you spoke with LSUPD already, you do not need to fill out this form. Email to completed form to LSUPD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to access the PDF form, please contact LSUPD at 225-578-3231 as an alternate means of making your report or to receive a hard copy of the form.
This standardized form, developed by the Board of Regents pursuant to Act 382 of 2019, is to be used by postsecondary institutions to report to law enforcement, as soon as possible, any information received by any official at the institution regarding incidents of hazing.
This report contains potentially sensitive information, as required by Act 382 of 2019. Subsequent use and disclosure of this report remains subject to applicable laws and regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.