Max Gruver Act

Georgia Senate Bill 85 – “Max Gruver Act” Report

The Georgia SB 85 “Max Gruver Act” aims to mitigate, prevent, and provide transparency regarding campus hazing incidents. The act bans dangerous hazing in student organizations, including Greek organizations, athletic teams, and any other club or a student group at public and private colleges and universities. The Act expands the definition of hazing to include any activity which endangers, or is likely to endanger, the physical health of a student, or coerces a student using social or physical pressure to consume any food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to a likely risk of vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness.

Max Gruver Act Requirements

In compliance with this Act, Oglethorpe University will publish to this website all instances of administrative adjudications of hazing and/or hazing-related convictions within 15 calendar days of final adjudication or public notice of criminal conviction. Such instances will remain posted for a period of no less than five years. This disclosure shall not include the personal identifying information of any individual student and shall be subject to the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Organizational Conduct – Hazing Related Public Disclosures

Student Organization/GroupDate/Time ReportedDate of Final ResolutionCode of Student Conduct Responsible Finding and Sanction(s)Date for List Removal


Applicable OU Policies

As outlined by the Policy on Hazing, Oglethorpe University prohibits hazing of any kind, and specifically any hazing of a student as a requirement for membership or participation in any student organization, athletic team, Greek chapter, colony, club, or group. Hazing is not consistent with the mission of the University and is in opposition to the founding principles of all organizations. The University will protect the members of the community from hazing and uphold all federal and state laws that regulate or prohibit these behaviors. Potential violations will be brought to the code of student conduct process and reported to local law enforcement.

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