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Commissioner: Louisiana making cultural changes about hazing

February 19, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s higher education commissioner says the state is working through a cultural change she thinks could eradicate hazing on college campuses.

Kim Hunter Reed’s comments Monday came after nine members of LSU’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were arrested on hazing charges last week.

WAFB-TV reports LSU has placed several administrators on leave while the university investigates if those officials ignored rumors about DKE hazing.

Reed told the Press Club of Baton Rouge the state must hold officials accountable so students feel comfortable to come forward with hazing complaints.

Last year, state lawmakers toughened Louisiana’s hazing laws, so prosecutors can pursue felony charges. Universities have adopted a uniform hazing policy.

Reed says the state must now address the mentality that enables hazing, explaining to students that such actions are serious.

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Information from: WAFB-TV, http://wafb.com