|Gov. Rick Scott speaks before the BOG at the University of Central Florida.|
Martin released an operational audit of the BOG on October 16, 2012. His findings criticized the BOG for failing to adopt a detailed regulation that sets specific minimum standards for anti-hazing programs at State University System of Florida (SUS) schools.
According to the audit, the BOG delegated “the responsibility for developing anti-hazing policies, penalties, and enforcements” to individual boards of trustees. The audit pointed out how this BOG decision has led to inconsistent anti-hazing policies across the SUS.
The BOG’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommended that the full board take action to establish a statewide minimum standard regarding hazing prevention. But by the end of the time period covered by the audit, the BOG had failed to accomplish this.
“As of June 30, 2012, the BOG had taken no formal action to implement the Committee’s recommendations and had not developed a regulation to provide guidance regarding anti-hazing policies, penalties, and enforcement to the universities,” Martin wrote.
Martin said that the lack of a statewide anti-hazing regulation increases the possibility that the SUS hazing problem will become even worse.
“In the absence of a BOG regulation providing specific guidance and oversight for potential hazing activities at universities, there is an increased risk that future hazing events will occur and not be timely detected and investigated,” Martin wrote.