WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - With recent news of hazing at Louisiana State University fraternity, Purdue is working to keep student safety a top priority. The university has set guidelines each student entering Greek Life must follow.
"When we are informed of any potential conduct issues, we have an investigation process that begins immediately,” said Brian Cutler, Director of Purdue Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life.
Cutler and other members of the Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life staff are working to keep Purdue a safe learning environment - especially from hazing. "We take particular concern with hazing and try to address it from a proactive standpoint,” said Cutler.
Both individuals and entire organizations can be charged when faced with hazing violations. Sanctions are determined by the severity of the offense. Students and Greek establishments can be put on probation.
They may also be required to take bystander intervention and other education programming. More severe cases can result in the suspension of recognition from campus. The university requires all new members of Greek Life to complete several training sessions to promote a safer environment.
"We have anti-hazing and non-hazing training. We have new member orientation that each new member goes through. There's also some print materials that they're asked to review,” said Cutler.
Cutler believes Purdue has a solid foundation to further build off of to continue educate students on anti-hazing policy. "We also hold a commitment to try to do the right things at the right time to educate and inform our community,” added Cutler.
Information about Purdue's anti-harrassment policies can be found here.