§RS 17:1801. 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.

RS 17:183. Hazing; public elementary and secondary students; intent and findings; definitions; policies


(1)  It is the intent of the legislature that every public elementary and secondary school in this state shall be a safe, orderly, civil, and positive learning environment so that no student in this state feels threatened while in school.

(2)  The legislature finds that while some forms of initiation for membership in student clubs and organizations constitute acceptable behavior, the hazing of students may degenerate into a dangerous form of intimidation and degradation.


(1)  As used in this Section, “hazing” means any knowing behavior, whether by commission or omission, of any student to encourage, direct, order, or participate in any activity which subjects another student to potential physical, mental, or psychological harm for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, continued membership in, or acceptance by existing members of any organization or extracurricular activity at a public elementary or secondary school, whether such behavior is planned or occurs on or off school property, including any school bus and school bus stop.

(2)  Hazing does not mean any adult-directed and school-sanctioned athletic program practice or event or military training program.

C.  Hazing is prohibited in public elementary and secondary schools.

(1)  Each city, parish, and other local public school board shall develop, adopt, and post a policy to enforce the prohibition in this Section against hazing and to prevent its occurrence.

(2)  Each such policy shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(a)  A statement that hazing of students, as defined in Subsection B of this Section, is prohibited.

(b)  A statement that any solicitation to engage in hazing is prohibited.

(c)  A statement that aiding and abetting another person who engages in hazing is prohibited.

(d)  A statement that consent of the hazing victim is not a defense.

(e)  A statement that all students, teachers, and other school employees shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of the policy.

(f)  A description of the procedures for students, teachers, and other school employees to report violations of the policy and the procedures to file a complaint for a violation of the policy.

(g)  Procedures to investigate reports or complaints of violations of the policy.

(h)  A description of the circumstances under which a violation of the policy shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

(i)  A description of the appropriate penalties and appeal mechanisms for persons that violate the policy.

E.  Nothing in this Section shall be construed to limit or exclude prosecution of or punishment for any crime or to limit the right to pursue any civil remedy.