How do you define hazing?
Hazing of any kind is illegal and strictly prohibited at LSU. Any such incidents will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and pursued to the fullest extent of the LSU Code of Student Conduct. This means that engaging in any such activity can result in probation or expulsion from LSU, as well as possible felony charges by law enforcement. 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
Also in 2018, LSU revised PS-78 (Policy Statement 78 -- Serving, Possessing and Consuming of Alcoholic Beverages) given that misuse of alcohol has been identified as a primary negative behavior that can contribute to hazing.
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. Learn more about Policies & Laws.
Help stop hazing.
New state laws and LSU policies increase the penalties for hazing, which is defined as any behavior designed to harm, punish, or humiliate others. No one can “consent” to be hazed.
How can hazing be reported?
If you witness or suspect hazing, please contact the appropriate university officials immediately. You can contact LSU PD at 225-578-3231 or report hazing here. You may also report anonymously to Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
What about student organizations?
Each organization as defined in the Max Gruver Act (LA Act 635) shall provide annually at least one hour of hazing prevention education to all members and prospective members. 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 receiving such education evidenced by an attestation of the student receiving the education.
Please visit LSU Hazing Prevention Education for resources to assist in fulfilling this requirement and reporting procedures.
Amnesty for Code of Student Conduct violations
To encourage students to make responsible decisions, the university recognizes the need for amnesty from university sanctions in certain situations. Amnesty under this policy, when granted, excuses a student or registered student organization from university sanctions under the Code of Student Conduct. Amnesty is intended to promote action when an emergency situation is present. It 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. Learn more about the amnesty policy.