Greek Life Implementation Committee Report Posted
The Greek Life Implementation Committee posted its report online at https://lsu.edu/greek-life-taskforce/implementation/ after several months of work putting the recommendations of the Greek Task Force into place. Additionally, the new Greek Life website can be found at https://lsu.edu/greeks/.
The implementation process involved students, administrators, staff and Greek alumni. Decisions were guided by expert opinions and thorough evaluations of each change. The university’s policies and procedures have been revamped in such a way as to fully discourage hazing in all of its many forms.
Major changes implemented include:
- New state law clearly defines and criminalizes hazing;
- An easy-to-access web portal with scorecards reporting on the behavioral record and current standing of each Greek chapter on campus;
- A well-developed amnesty policy to encourage students to report dangerous behavior such as hazing;
- All new-member education programs – more commonly known as pledging activities – are required to be alcohol-free for all in attendance, and such activities are restricted to eight weeks, and must be supervised by university-approved advisors;
- Common-source alcohol and “hard” liquor are banned from Greek functions;
- Zero-tolerance policy for hazing behaviors;
- Access rights for LSU PD during events at Greek houses.
We are confident that the interlocking set of recommendations issued in February by the Greek Task Force, enhanced by President Alexander’s additions and put into practice by the Implementation Committee, will result in a safer environment and culture around all student organizations at LSU. With these new policies and procedures, paired with critical new anti-hazing educational programming, we have built a strong foundation from which to move forward with the ongoing process of long-term cultural change.