Measure requiring colleges, universities to report assault, hazing violations set to expire

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Lawmakers across the state are once again rallying behind the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, which is expected to expire in June.

The act requires organizations at public colleges and universities in South Carolina to report all violations including alcohol, sexual assault, and hazing.

That data must then be posted online and made available to parents and students.

Lawmakers say the bill creates a necessary level of oversight.

“It holds everyone accountable,” said Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell. “It creates a chilling effect, I think, for fraternities and sororities that want to stay in good standing that they don’t get embarrassed or in a situation where families don’t want their student to be a part of that fraternity or sorority.”

The act is named for Clemson student, Tucker Hipps. A wrongful death lawsuit says he fell to his death after being forced to walk along a narrow bridge while pledging a fraternity.

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