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Student Organization Misconduct Transparency (Tucker Hipps Act)

The Tucker Hipps Transparency Act of 2016 is named after Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old fraternity pledge at a public South Carolina university who was found dead after an early morning run with his pledge class in the fall of 2014. The permanent continuation of the Act was passed by the General Assembly on April 26, 2019.

This legislation requires four-year public institutions in South Carolina, with exception of the Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel, to publicly maintain reports of actual findings of misconduct by fraternity and sorority organizations.

The reports include conduct violations regarding the following: alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, physical assault, and hazing.

Reports are required to be listed in a prominent location on institutional websites for a period of four years. The institutions are required to update their reports at least 45 calendar days before the start of the fall and spring academic semesters. Institutions must also notify the CHE within 14 calendar days after reports have been updated.

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