LSU’s suspension of Greek activities in the wake of the death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver, is rife with constitutional concerns, according to attorney Scott Sternberg. LSU officials said fraternities and sororities can’t tailgate in a group of more than 10, or do most things together as an organization. Sternberg says LSU is trying to teach these students a lesson.
"But I just think there are constitutional ways to do that, without throwing these adults underneath the bus as it relates to their constitutional rights," said Sternberg.
Sternberg also questions the prohibition of wearing Greek attire on LSU’s gameday. He fails to see how that has anything to do with educating students about making good decisions.
"I think that the basic constitutional rights that this country was based on, are the ability to identify with your group," said Sternberg.
Sternberg said a public institution should not be allowed to tell these adult students that they can’t exercise their basic rights of association. He says telling an organization that they can’t have a group gathering in a public forum, where everyone else can, is incredibly problematic.
"It's also impossible to enforce," said Sternberg. "There's no way to identify, whether or not these individuals are in the same organization."