New “Tucker Hipps Act” Will Increase Fraternity Transparency In South Carolina

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act into law Wednesday afternoon.

The law will require colleges in South Carolina to post any conduct violations concerning alcohol, drugs, sexual assaults, and hazing, starting in the 2016-17 school year.

The goal of the law is to discourage fraternities from performing certain illicit behaviors by holding them publicly accountable.

Here’s the full law, per WYFF4:

The law as signed says: “An act to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, to enact the ‘Tucker Hipps Transparency Act’ by adding section 59-101-210 so as to provide that beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, public institutions of higher learning, excluding technical colleges, shall maintain reports of actual findings of certain misconduct by members of fraternities and sororities formally associated with the institution, to specify information that must be included and must be excluded, to provide requirements for updating and preserving reports, to provide institutions shall make the reports available to the public and online, to provide members of the public may seek redress for suspected violations under the freedom of information act; and to provide specific requirements for the initial reports each institution shall compile and make available; and to provide the act expires three years after its effective date absent further action by the general assembly.”

The law is named after Tucker Hipps, a Clemson University Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge whose body was found in a lake underneath a bridge after an early morning run with his pledge class in the fall of 2014. The body showed signs of head trauma.

The Hipps family filed a wrongful death suit for $25 million against three members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the national and local chapter of the fraternity, and Clemson University. One person came forward saying that Hipps was forced to walk along the bridge under which his body was found. Text messages reveal that a brother asked Hipps, the pledge class president, to provide a McDonald’s breakfast for each of his 30 pledge brothers on the morning of his death.

The fraternity claims that Hipps’ death was the result of his own negligence.

No criminal charges have been filed.

[via WYFF4]

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  1. Oglaxrat_27

    So, schools will be required to publicize everything Greeks get in trouble for doing? Why not take the buzz words and glamour shots out and publicize what all students get in trouble for? Including sports teams? Oh, because they want to ignore the fact that alcohol and sexual misconduct are a campus wide problem and sports teams generate revenue. Then they would have to come up with solutions instead of playing the blame game.

    4 years ago at 10:24 am
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    1. Fratty_Roosevelt

      People have been using the work cuck an awful lot recently. Are you sure you know what it means?

      4 years ago at 11:59 am
  2. Fratty_Roosevelt

    Take this to court. If they aren’t posting violations of all student organizations, it’s discrimination. When I was on student government the fucking diversity clubs were caught more with alcohol than Greeks.

    4 years ago at 11:07 am
    1. 1_Rugey_Jentelman

      Hell, the service fraternities on our campus were open about their hazing methods. They’re not social fraternities. So they have zero oversight or concern from administration.
      It’s all fucked up and backwards. Back to this topic, the justice system holds them accountable appropriately. If public humiliation was the appropriate consequence, that’s what they’d get.

      4 years ago at 11:28 am
      1. Fratty_Roosevelt

        Isn’t it fucking dumb? It’s been proven time and time again Greeks do nothing but benefit these thankless administrations, and the other more troublesome clubs could get away with murder while a chapter could be sanctioned for instituting pledge study hours. It is time for universities to get their priorities straight.

        4 years ago at 12:02 pm
  3. LonghoferDTalphasig

    “Strangely enough, the record shows that 100% of Greek Organizations denied turning over private information because, and I quote, ‘Fuck off, this is America.'”

    4 years ago at 12:32 pm
  4. GeebsNotGeeds

    Hate the act as much as the rest of you, but Tucker was a good guy and is sorely missed by many. Let’s not forget why this came about in the first place. RIP

    4 years ago at 1:13 pm
  5. Jglass94

    When they implemented this law it should have been for all college organizations. It’s automatic expulsion for any fraternity accused of any wrong doing. Hopefully Greek life can be somewhat maintained, but the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s will never be seen again.

    4 years ago at 1:17 pm
  6. KAcasual

    I actually love this. I don’t know about SC, but in my state they’re required to produce a report on crimes reported at the college. Subtract the numbers from the Greek report and we can see just how the geeds stack up against the Greeks. I personally buy into the whole “Greeks have better GPAs and get in trouble less” idea that every national loves shoving down our throat, so I think this will be a good thing for us.

    4 years ago at 1:23 pm
    1. 1_Rugey_Jentelman

      Nah, the community will simply cherry pick specific incidents and publicly execute individuals. What you’re suggesting takes years of time and tons of effort. For them, one fuck up and a Facebook post. Any potential good simply doesn’t stack up to the other side.

      4 years ago at 6:00 pm
  7. Brobituallybad

    Don’t get it twisted, what happened to the boy was not intentional nor was it a good thing for anyone but, this act is discriminating against Greeks and as a product of a the SC Greek system this isn’t going to help us. This is just going to single handedly allow 1-2 people to get an entire chapter kicked off twice as fast because they’ll have a bunch of GDI’s in the community who don’t understand how the system works trying to interpret and blame everybody on top of the school admin who.. Well.. don’t understand how the system works and will be trying to interpret and blame everybody. Our days are numbered unless we kick this whole PC America BS and start growing backbones down here again.

    4 years ago at 5:42 pm
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