Hazing Policy

Hazing Policy & Law

Students are encouraged to get involved in student organizations and establish positive traditions that do not include hazing. Hazing is a violation of University policy and Texas state law. Individuals who report incidents of hazing to the University may receive amnesty under certain circumstances.

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).

Amnesty for reporting

Texas Education Code Section 37.155 provides immunity for individuals who report hazing and participate in investigation and judicial proceedings if the person:

  • reports the incident before being contacted by the institution concerning the incident or otherwise being included in the institution's investigation of the incident
  • as determined by the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution designated by the institution, cooperates in good faith throughout any institutional process regarding the incident.

    Immunity does not apply if the person:

  • reports the person's own act of hazing
  • reports an incident of hazing in bad faith or with malice.