LSU fraternity council pledges to eliminate hazing
BATON ROUGE - In the wake of a hazing scandal which led to one LSU fraternity being banned from campus, the school Interfraternity Council passed a resolution calling for more action to prevent future incidences.
The IFC unanimously passed the resolution on April 15. It called for more educational tools and programs to educate fraternities and their members about the dangers and consequences of hazing. The council also said they will seek to "foster mutual accountability and compliance among the fraternal community" at LSU.
In March LSU dissolved the Acacia fraternity after the university said it found evidence of multiple instances of hazing, including forcing pledges to drink alcohol, act as personal servants for fraternity members, and restrict their meals during initiation. The national Acacia organization also said they were closing the LSU chapter after the hazing was made public.
IFC President Brian Rees said hazing has no place on the LSU campus, and the council would also provide financial assistance to support fraternities in eliminating hazing.
"As a community, we're able to be an example of leadership on campus," Rees said.
The Interfraternity Council includes the 19 fraternity presidents at LSU and other delegates. Acacia cannot reform as a fraternity at LSU until 2018, and then cannot include any members from the 2012-2015 period.