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In compliance with Acts 635, 637, and 640 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature as well as Act 382 of the 2019 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the 2019 Louisiana Board of Regents Uniform Policy on Hazing, and the University System Policy, Southeastern Louisiana University (“the University”) reaffirms in this Policy its mandate that any form of Hazing of any student is prohibited.
The University including the Division for Student Affairs does not tolerate hazing, including the physical, mental or psychological abuse of any individual or individuals. All allegations of hazing will be fully investigated by the appropriate authorities. Any organization, and/or individuals within an organization, found responsible of hazing may face disciplinary action up to and/or including expulsion from the University and criminal charges.
This policy applies to all Southeastern students, student organizations, potential student organizations, student organization advisors, alumni, volunteers, and faculty and staff, associated with student organizations.
1. Prevention and Education Programs
2. Organization Requirements to Operate at University
Each organization (as defined below in this policy and R.S. 17:1801.1), as a condition of operating at the University, is required to:
3. Duty to Seek Assistance
Louisiana Laws on Hazing
RS 17:1801 Amended: Hazing Prohibited
Hazing in any form, or the use of any method of initiation into organizations in any
education 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 expelled, suspended, or dismissed from the education institution and not permitted to return for at least one semester, quarter, or comparable academic period. In addition, the person violating such provisions may also be subject to the provisions of R.S. 14:40.8.
RS 14:40.8 Criminal Hazing
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit an act of hazing. Any person who commits an act of hazing shall be fined up to one thousand dollars, imprisoned for up to six months, or both.
If the hazing results in the serious bodily injury or death of the victim, or the hazing involves forced or coerced alcohol consumption that results in the victim having a blood alcohol concentration of at least .30 percent by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood, any person who commits an act of hazing shall be fined up to ten thousand dollars and imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for up to five years.
If any person serving as a representative or officer of an organization, including any representative, director, trustee, or officer of any national or parent organization, is a sanctioned or recognized member at the time of the hazing, knew and failed to report, as soon as practicable under circumstances to law enforcement, that one or more of the organization’s members were hazing another person, the organization may be subject to the following:
If the hazing results in the serious bodily injury or death of the victim, or results in the victim having a blood alcohol concentration of at least .30 percent by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood, the period of time shall be for not less than four years.
1. Louisiana Law defines Hazing as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act by a person acting alone or acting with others that is directed against another when both of the following apply:
Hazing includes but is not limited to any of the following acts associated with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with participating in, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization:
2. Authority of University Police Officers
3. Organizations and Affiliates
Southeastern cares about the safety and wellbeing of its students. If you are being
hazed or know someone in your student group or organization who is hazing or being
hazed, we want you to be aware of your options in seeking
assistance and reporting to the following designees.
If you are being hazed or know someone in your student group or organization who is hazing or being hazed, come forward and report to any of the following office/designees:
Many organizations and groups also have internal procedures for reporting hazing anonymously. Please see your advisors and/or coaches for information specific to your organization or group.
Additionally, any faculty member or staff member that becomes aware of possible hazing of Southeastern Louisiana University students must immediately report the matter to one of the offices listed above.
Any violation of the hazing policy shall be deemed a violation of the University’s Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws. Thus, all allegations of hazing will be investigated by local law enforcement, the University Police Department, and the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability. Individuals or groups found responsible for violating the Hazing Policy may face disciplinary action including expulsion from the University. The Chief Conduct Officer and the Assistant Director of Advocacy and Accountability may impose interim sanctions immediately upon notice of charge of violation of the Hazing Policy.
The University will not tolerate retaliation by any individual or group (whether that person was directly involved in the original incident) against any faculty, staff or student who reports, participates in an investigation of, or is Complainant or witness in a disciplinary proceeding involving the allegation of hazing. Claims of retaliation will be investigated as a breach of the University’s Hazing policy and may result in University sanctions.
Policy Amended: 10/1/2019
Review Process: Executive Staff Review
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