Governor meets with state college leaders to discuss hazing
BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards met with university presidents from across the state Thursday to discuss where each institution was in their crusade against hazing.
Last month, each system submitted a report to the governor detailing what they have done and what they plan to do to prevent hazing. All of this was in response to the hazing death of LSU student and Phi Delta Theta pledge Maxwell Gruver in September.
"We have an obligation to reassure parents from across the country and obviously right here in Louisiana, and the students themselves, that those students can come to Louisiana and get their higher education in a safe environment," the Governor said.
Presidents from LSU, Southern, UL, and the Community and Technical College system each took turns conveying their university's zero-tolerance policy for hazing.
Most notably, LSU has implemented a series of restrictions on Greek life, including bans on parties and tailgating. Officials have since loosened their grip, but just this week--two more fraternities were suspend for not following the rules.
"Let me be clear about that. This isn't about eradicating our Greeks, because they do way too many good things that rarely gets published. And that's the majority of what our Greeks, our fraternities and sororities do, but this is about making them stronger and safer," LSU President F. King Alexander said.
Edwards maintained that the fight against hazing would be an ongoing process, and that there would never be an end point since new students come in every year.
"We're going to have to keep sharing information among the system presidents, look at best practices both here in Louisiana and around the country, and we need students to play a role in this. We need faculty advisors to play a role in this. We need the alumni of our universities to play a role in this. And clearly parents have a role in this as well. And we can never take away the individual responsibility of the students," he said.