Hazing Prevention Education
At LSU, we commit to implementing proactive initiatives and critical conversations required to achieve our end goal of eliminating hazing in our community.
These education tools serve as a resource to our students, faculty, staff, parents, families, alumni, and other interested parties in educating themselves on issues of hazing.
In 2018, the Louisiana Legislature passed the Max Gruver Act instituting state-wide hazing definitions and penalties and Hazing Prevention Education.
In accordance with the law, LSU worked to strengthen LSU Hazing Policy and Education
efforts to continue educate students, faculty, and staff.
Hazing Prevention Education
LSU offers an online Hazing Prevention Education course and materials to conduct an in-person training. Student Organizations will need to comply with COVID-19 safety measures if they choose to conduct an in person training. It is recommended that all organizations require members to complete the Online Moodle Workshop and present their certificate for completion to the organization representative(s).
Primary contacts for all student groups or student organizations are required to certify that one hour of either in-person or online Hazing Prevention Education has been provided to all members, prospective members, and anyone who is employed by or volunteers with the organization at least once per year by October 1 of each year. This deadline extends to March 1 for spring members or new student organizations. If you are certifying for more than one organization, complete a Certification Reporting Form for each organization.
The Max Gruver Act
Requirement: Each new student shall be provided educational information on the dangers of and prohibition on hazing during the new student orientation process in the form of a handbook.
LSU's is promoting and marketing the online resource at lsu.edu/hazing to all incoming students.
Requirement: Beginning in the fall semester of 2019, each new student shall be provided educational information on the dangers of and prohibition on hazing during the new student orientation process either in person or electronically.
LSU is presenting Hazing Prevention Education at Welcome Week programs.
Requirement: Each organization as defined in Max Gruver Act shall provide annually at least one hour of hazing prevention education to all members and 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.
LSU's Hazing Prevention Education Committee developed a comprehensive curriculum for student organizations/groups with course learning objectives including:
- Define the university's Hazing Policy, Coercive Behavior Policy, and the Max Gruver Act.
- Identify hazing warning signs and behaviors.
- Identify university and community hazing education resources.
- The bystander effect
- Five-step decision making model (steps to intervening)
- Three D’s of intervention (three intervention types)
- Define bystander intervention.
- Apply principles of bystander intervention.
- Demonstrate knowledge of reporting options for suspected hazing incidents.