Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

Hazing Policy

UTA's Hazing Policy

The University of Texas at Arlington's Handbook of Operating Procedures  defines hazing as follows:

any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated to, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any university student organization, group, or team whose members are or include students at an educational institution.

The term hazing includes, but is not limited to any type of physical brutality, physical activity, activity involving consumption of food, liquid, drugs, or alcohol, activity that intimidates or threatens the student, or any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the Texas Education Code Section 51.936; Hazing with or without the consent of a student whether on or off campus is prohibited, and a violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the person submitting to the hazing subject to discipline. Knowingly failing to report hazing can subject one to discipline. Initiations or activities of organizations may include no feature that is dangerous, harmful, or degrading to the student, and a violation of this prohibition renders both the organization and participating individuals subject to discipline.

Hazing in state educational institutions is prohibited by State law (Texas Education Code Section 51.936 and  Sections 37.151 - 37.157)

Under the law, individuals or organizations engaging in hazing could be subject to fines and charged with criminal offenses. 

According to the law, a person can commit a hazing offense not only by engaging in a hazing related activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding, or attempting to aid another in hazing; intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by failing to report first hand information that a hazing incident is planned or has occurred in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students office.  The fact that a person consented to or acquiesced in a hazing activity is not a defense to prosecution for hazing under this law.

Further information about hazing, section 51.936 of the Texas Education Code, is available in hard copy in the Office of Community Standards located in the University Center Suite B170.

Where to file a report

Hazing can take many forms and may impact individuals differently.  No matter the form or impact hazing is inappropriate and must be addressed to prevent its continuation and escalation.  If you believe hazing behaviors have occurred, you may make a report to any of the following: