Hazing is the action of degrading, humiliating or causing physical and/or emotional harm to any individual for them to join a group or maintain membership. Even when consent is given, in the state of Texas you can still be prosecuted to individuals who require others to engage in activities that are physically and physiologically stressful.
As part of the Texas Education Code (Chapter 37, Section 51.936) requirement, the following information is provided to help educate the community on hazing definitions, prohibitions, offenses, and disciplinary actions. Additionally, this report contains a listing of all hazing cases in the past three years that took place off or on campus where the student organization was found responsible either in the conduct process or the court system.
The following list of prohibited practices is meant to provide examples of hazing that can occur at any moment in an organization. Because it is impossible to anticipate every situation that could involve hazing, this list should not be considered all-inclusive. Any infraction of the below list can result in disciplinary sanctions. Student rules involving hazing may be found at the university’s student handbook.
Psychological hazing, which is defined as any act which is likely to: (a) compromise the dignity of another; (b) cause embarrassment or shame to another; (c) cause another to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; (d) or cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain.
If you're not sure if an activity is hazing, ask the following questions from The Hazing Test adapted from Death By Hazing (Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1988).
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, then the actions could be hazing.
Hazing Incidents Need to be Reported
Hazing incidents need to be reported when they occur. Remember that you are protected by the institution and the law. Anyone can report hazing they have witnessed or have knowledge of.
The University's ability to investigate reported incidents, enforce policy, and protect students depends on the accuracy and specificity of the information provided. You are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to address the reported behavior. You have the option to submit a report anonymously, though Student Conduct officers may find it difficult to complete their investigation without knowing the source of the report.