Hazing Prevention Message to Students

September 17, 2021

Hazing Is Illegal; Hazing Prevention Training Required for All Student Organizations

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.

Hazing defined per the LSU Permanent Memorandum 80: Prohibition of Hazing

Hazing: Any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off university property, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against an individual when both of the following apply:

the person knew or should have known that such an act endangers the physical health or safety of the other person or causes severe emotional distress; and
the act was associated with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, participating in, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization.

Reporting Hazing

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.
  • Anonymously report hazing and other crimes to Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867) and possibly receive a monetary reward.
  • Visit LSU Cares and report.

Hazing Education

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 2021 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 that can be found on the hazing website. 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, 2021, for fall members; any new members who join after this date must complete a training by March 1, 2022. To verify your organization has completed the requirement:

  1. Visit the "Hazing Prevention Education" webpage
  2. Select “Certify Your Organization has Completed Hazing Prevention Education Training”
  3. Submit the verification form

Bystander Intervention

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 hazing policies and laws on the hazing website.

If you see someone in need of help, don’t be a bystander! In order to help you develop the skills to feel comfortable helping individuals in need, LSU offers Bystander Intervention Training, known as TigerBITes, that focuses on developing awareness, skills and the courage needed to intervene in high-risk situations. Learn more about the TigerBITes Program.

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 responsible for the emergency situation or unsafe environment. 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.

Information on the LSU hazing definition, Max Gruver Law, how to report incidents of hazing, bystander intervention information, the TigerBITes program, FAQs and the LSU Amnesty Policy can be found in Section 3.4 of the LSU Student Code of Conduct.