LSU President F. King Alexander released his response to the 28 recommendations given by the President’s Task Force on Greek Life report which was delivered on February 21.
The overall findings from the initiative which began September 29 of last fall, immediately following the death of Maxwell Gruver, showcased several major issues which Alexander divided into three categories: University policies, transparency related to chapter behavior, and Greek culture on campus.
The system president went on to add three suggestions of his own to further support this.
- No more gray areas – hazing means expulsion or removal from campus.
- Additional Transparency. In order to have social events at Greek houses, chapters will be required to provide access rights to the university.
- Outside Expertise. To ensure that our policies, procedures, and organizational structure are in line with national best practices, we will secure the services of a national firm.
His letter expressed a commitment to improving Greek Life as whole on campus as well as support state legislation that supports these changes.
“In addition to these recommendations, we are supportive of two specific pieces of state legislation that will help us to better address the challenge of hazing at colleges and universities,” the letter read.
Alexander cites two pieces of legislation in his letter, one from Rep. Nancy Landry who will introduce a bill making hazing a felony with much steeper penalties and Rep. Franklin Foil who will introduce one to protect the identity of those who report dangerous behaviors such as hazing.
“We are thankful to both legislators for helping to enact real change at such a level. Real penalties and personal liability will no doubt provide another level of disincentive to those engaging in unacceptable behaviors,” the letter continues.
Alexander ends his letter by thanking the Gruver family for remaining engaged throughout this entire process and asserts that cultural change is a process.
“Let me reiterate: this is not the end, but rather a starting point for long-term, comprehensive shift in culture that will ultimately make our university community flourish even more,” ends the letter.
To review the letter in full click here or visit www.lsu.edu