Law requires colleges to post fraternity members’ violations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley requires colleges to post fraternity and sorority members’ conduct violations on their websites to publicize the groups’ record before students join.

Haley signed the “Tucker Hipps Transparency Act” on Thursday. It is named for the Clemson University student found dead in Lake Hartwell in 2014 after an early-morning run with members of the fraternity he was pledging.

Public, four-year colleges must start posting the reports this summer and update them at least 45 days before each fall and spring semester.

Supporters say the postings will help keep students safe by informing students and family members on organizations’ records. Clemson, Haley’s alma mater, created a “conduct reports” webpage after Hipps’ death.

Conduct violations that must be posted include alcohol, drugs, hazing and sexual assaults.

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