Campus Hazing Accidents


College hazing is the practice of putting inductees of a fraternity, sorority, or other group through dangerous or humiliating activities before the group will let them join. It is an initiation process that many colleges and universities have on campus, typically without the school’s approval or knowledge. Hazing is far from a fun or harmless activity. It puts students in jeopardy of serious injuries. Students have been hospitalized and even killed during hazing rituals.

According to Statute §1801:

Hazing prohibited; penalties—-Hazing in any form, or the use of any method of initiation into fraternal organizations in any educational institution supported wholly or in part by public funds, which is likely to cause bodily danger or physical punishment to any student or other person attending any such institution is prohibited. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than thirty days, or both, and in addition, shall be expelled from the educational institution and not permitted to return during the current session or term in which the violation occurs.

Hazing kills students across the country every year. At Murphy Law Firm, we’re fighting to give a voice to those victimized by college hazing in Louisiana. If you’ve been a victim of hazing or college abuse in any form call our experienced accident attorneys at (225) 928-8800.

Elements of a College Hazing Claim

First, you must show the defendant breached his or her duty of care to you. Hazing in any form is illegal under Louisiana law. This fact could be enough to prove negligence per se against the people who committed the hazing. If you’re suing the school, the breach of duty might be that the school failed to take steps to prevent hazing on campus.

Second, you need to prove causation between the defendant’s breach of duty and the hazing accident. You must show your injuries would not have happened but for the defendant’s actions.

Finally, you need to have suffered compensable damages in the hazing incident. This can include physical and non-physical injuries. Hazing can be physically and/or psychologically dangerous because it force inductees to go through tasks such as:

  • Chugging Alcohol
  • Beatings
  • Yelling at Inductees
  • Forcing Them to do Humiliating Things
  • Slip and Falls
  • Risky Stunts
  • Verbally Abusing Them​
  • Sleep or Food Deprivation

Experienced College Hazing Attorneys in Baton Rouge

Hazing is not exclusive to Louisiana and LSU, yet we have the opportunity pave the road for our entire nation in setting the toughest anti-hazing policies and laws in America. We need to set laws and fines that show in Louisiana talk is not cheap and these precious children/students did not die in vain. Louisiana is not going to tolerate hazing on our campus’s any longer.

Peyton Murphy and his team have experience helping college students and their families through campus hazing accidents and injuries. With 60 colleges and universities throughout Louisiana and 11 in Baton Rouge, you can imagine how much knowledge and first-hand experience we have with college-related cases. We treat every client like our first, however, with personalized attention from our lead attorneys the entire time.

When you entrust us with your hazing claim, you get aggressive litigators who truly care about your future and the safety of our community’s local colleges. We’re proud to take a stand against hazing and other dangerous and unnecessary campus activities and to help victims recover their losses. Find out if you have grounds for a personal injury claim in Louisiana. Call (225) 928-8800, or reach out online for a free no obligation consultation.

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