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Tucker Hipps Law means changes for colleges and universities this coming school year

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Cindy Hipps says there’s not a day that goes by that she doesn't remember her son, but she hopes Tucker's legacy lives on by protecting other students. 

"We don’t want Tucker's death to always be about his death. I hope the bill doesn’t do that but people need to remember what happened to Tucker," said Hipps.

The Tucker Hipps Bill was passed by the legislature in the last minutes of this year’s session. The law comes a year and a half after the Clemson student died during an early morning pledge run with his fraternity. 

His body was found in Lake Hartwell and questions still remain over what happened. Cindy Hipps says she believes her son was a victim of hazing and wants more transparency for other families.

"That would let a parent know that that’s something that we should steer clear of, and on the flip side, to let the university know this is a fraternity that we need to be watchful over," said Hipps.

The Hipps supported the bill that makes universities and their organizations more accountable for any infractions, including alcohol, drugs, sexual and physical assault and hazing.

 "There’s no way we would have gained this information and had we had this tool. I know we would have made a different decision. I think Tucker would have made a different decision," said Hipps.

South Carolina District 10 Representative Josh Putnam sponsored the bill. "You will be able to see, member of such and such organization committed this offense on this date. This is how the university took steps to correct it and if they decided to punish the organization as a whole or a member," Putnam said.

Cindy Hipps says this awareness is especially important as students get ready to head back to school soon and may be planning to join organizations.

"I do think that parents are paying a little more attention in our area as to what their students are doing and their kids are getting involved in, awareness is a big that that’s happened since Tucker’s death," said Hipps.

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