Preamble: The 2007-08 Fraternity and Sorority Presidents' Council collaborated to create the document below, which describes the standards they will hold each other accountable to with regard to hazing practices. This document is reviewed annually and was last updated in January 2010 by the 2010-11 presidents. All fraternity and sorority presidents sign an agreement that they will communicate the policy to each of the members of their organization.
Hazing is anything required of a member that is demeaning, destructive, causes risk, either mental or physical, to a specific group of members.
Louisiana Hazing Statute: RS 17:1801 Part III. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 1801.
Hazing in any form, or the use of any method of initiation into fraternal organizations in any educational institution supported wholly or in part by public funds, which is likely to cause bodily danger or physical punishment to any student or other person attending any such institution is prohibited.
Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than thirty days, or both, and in addition, shall be expelled from the educational institution and not permitted to return during the current session or term which the violation occurs.
Some activities are easily categorized as hazing, while others are not. Any requirement by a member which:
If you are not sure, consider the following questions:
These qualities should be emphasized in the new member process or membership intake process:
ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ABIDE BY THE CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.
The president and new member educator(s)/director of intake shall be responsible for ensuring that the chapter complies with this policy.
A chapter process MUST be in place for prospective, new, or active members to question, or refuse to participate in, any activity. This questioning, or refusal to participate in an activity should not jeopardize his/her goal of initiating into the fraternity or sorority. This process should be shared in writing with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs prior to the beginning of the beginning of the New Member/Membership Intake Process.
All alleged violations of the above policies will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
The following are a list of prohibited acts or activities. Other acts or activities that could be considered hazing are not limited to this list.
All chapters are expected to abide by their national guidelines in all areas of recruitment, new member process, and membership intake. Failure to do so may result in a conduct investigation.
Possible sanctions for chapters found in violation, may include, but are not limited to: