What This Title IX Case About Hazing Means for Women on Campus

For the first time, a federal court has held that a university can be sued under Title IX for discriminating against male students participating in Greek life. Last month, in a case brought against Louisiana State University by the parents of Max Gruver, who was tragically killed in 2017 as a result of fraternity hazing, the court ruled that if the family is able to prove that LSU knew dangerous misconduct was rampant within its fraternities and had a policy of general inaction—in contrast to strong corrective action taken in response to sorority misconduct—a jury could infer that LSU’s discriminatory policy put Greek males at a greater risk, in violation of Title IX. The Fierberg National Law Group, PLLC, representing Max’s family in Gruver vs. LSU et al., points out that while LSU was aware of numerous documented incidents of dangerous hazing and misconduct at LSU fraternities, the school continued to send glossy brochures to incoming students promoting the benefits of Greek life without mention of the risks posed. While dangerous fraternity behavior was being ignored, non-life-threatening female sorority antics were scrutinized and severely punished.

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