LSU's highly anticipated action plan to eliminate hazing and other dangerous fraternity and sorority behaviors is being delayed by three weeks, the school announced Monday.
LSU President F. King Alexander created the Task Force on Greek Life after 18-year-old freshman Max Gruver died in what police have described as a hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. Gruver, who was pledging the fraternity, was forced to chug alcohol during an initiation game, and died because of alcohol poisoning and choking on his own vomit, police said. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.495.
The 11-person task force was expected to deliver recommendations that would shape new university policy by the end of this month.
Alexander said the deadline is being pushed back to Feb. 21 and he will provide his official response by the end of February. Alexander has previously said he hoped the recommendations could help make LSU a leader in the new era of eliminating hazing and rooting out dangerous Greek life behaviors.
On Monday, he said the issue of hazing has been evolving in the past few months, as other universities have increased the scrutiny of their own Greek organizations in the wake of other student deaths across the country.
"Since the creation of the Task Force, there have been a number of incidents related to Greek Life around the nation, and the conversation around Greek organizations at universities has evolved," Alexander said in a statement. "There are several entities working to develop recommendations and programs to move fraternities and sororities forward across the country, and this extension allows the Task Force to consider this collective information prior to making a final recommendation to me."
The last two Task Force meetings, scheduled in January, were both canceled because of freezing weather conditions. The next meeting will be this Wednesday at 4:30. The location is to be determined.