An important bill that provides oversight for student organizations on college campuses is set to expire in 4 months. But lawmakers are already working to extend the bill that requires organizations like fraternities to report campus and criminal violations.
Following the death of Clemson University student Tucker Hipps in a suspected hazing incident, lawmakers pushed for oversight over student organizations.
“He passed away in a mysterious way, it was believed he fell or jumped or was made to jump and evidence showed it was more than likely a case of hazing,” explained Repersentative Mandy Powers-Norrell.
The Tucker Hipps Transparency Act called for the online publishing of violations by student organizations.
“Stereotypically when we think of fraternities we think of animal house and unfortuntately a lot of them operated in that way and a lot of them operated in a sort of para-militaristic kind of way where there was hazing involved and apparently not a whole lot of oversight,” added Powers-Norrell.
The bill requires students organizations to report various vilations ranging from alcohol to hazing.
Maura Donahue explained her concers as a parent when sending her children went away to college.
“I actually scared my children away from sororities. My youngest was like well there’s all these service components, but I was actually worried about some of the parodies and lack of oversight,” said Donahue.
The Tucker Hipps Transparency Act was created in 2016 but came with a 3 year expiration date. Lawmakers are now racing against the clock to pass an extension to the bill before it expires in June.
“This information of any type of hazing or criminal sexual behavior should be public for everybody not just the parents, even the children themselves. Information is so important,” said Scott Donahue.