Edwards seeks review of hazing policies at Louisiana universities after LSU student’s death

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging the presidents of the state’s four university systems to review all policies related to hazing and drug and alcohol abuse among Greek organizations and other sanctioned on-campus groups.

In a letter issued this morning, Edwards ask the presidents to inventory their policies, report their findings and send their recommendations to him by Oct. 29.

The letter’s release comes nearly a week after LSU freshman Maxwell Gruver died as a result of a possible fraternity hazing incident. Gruver was pledging Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

“It is up to us to do everything within our means to ensure that the students who attend a Louisiana university are safe from harm,” Edwards says in his letter. “Maxwell Gruver and students across the country who died before him deserve our best effort to re-examine our policies, make necessary adjustments, and engage with our students to prevent these instances from happening in the future.”

The national Phi Delta Theta fraternity shuttered its LSU chapter after Gruver’s death.

Read the full letter.

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