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Hazing Regulations at TAMIU

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF HAZING?

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.

 


TAMIU HAZING REPORTS

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.

 

FALL 2020

 


 

  • Hazing is a violation of Texas A&M International University Student Handbook and Texas State law.
  • Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning activities.
  • Hazing can cause significant harm to any individual, and our Dustdevil family as a whole.
  • Hazing may happen in a variety of organizations including fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, honor societies, and other organizations.
  • Every group achieve great outcome without having to haze.

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.

  • Forced activities for new recruits to ‘prove’ their worth to join
  • Forced or required consumption of alcohol
  • Requirement to eat spicy foods, other substances
  • Requirement to endure hardships such as staying awake, menial tasks, physical labor, running while blindfolded, etc.
  • Humiliation of new or potential members
  • Isolation of new or potential members
  • Beatings, paddling, or other physical acts against new or potential members
  • Requirements for new or potential members to do things established members are not required to do
  • Illegal activities such as a requirement to steal local items as part of a scavenger hunt

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.

  • Is this an organization activity where members are encouraged to attend and where any minors are consuming alcohol?
  • Will current group members refuse to do exactly what new members are asked to do?
  • Is there risk of emotional or physical abuse?
  • Is there any risk for injury or is safety a question?
  • Would you object to inviting your parents, coach, university official or professor?
  • Would you object to being photographed or recorded by the media or school paper?

 

 

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.

Report Potential Hazing

 

If You Have Been Impacted By Hazing

  • Contact at any time TAMIU Police Department Dispatch at 956.326.2100 or emergencies at 956.326.2911

 

Hazing Prevention Education