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Hazing

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The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing a safe educational environment for everyone and does not tolerate hazing by any group or individual affiliated with the University. The University expects that all students and organizations will observe and fully comply with state law, the Regents' Rules, University regulations, and administrative rules associated with the prohibition of hazing.

Hazing is prohibited under state law. The University will initiate disciplinary action in response to hazing incidents that take place during official functions of the University or during functions sponsored by registered student organizations or sponsored student organizations; the University will also initiate disciplinary action in response to hazing incidents that have a substantial connection to the interests of the University regardless of the location in which they occur, on or off campus. See the Texas Education Code, Subchapter F and Section 51.936 for more information.

Hazing Defined

Hazing includes but is not limited to:

  • any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electric shocking, placing of a harmful substance in or on the body or similar activity;
    • physical contact such as pushing, paddling, tackling or any other;
    • requiring boxing matches or fights for entertainment;
  • any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
    • calisthenics, such as sit-ups, push-ups or any other form of physical exercise;
    • confining individuals in an area that is uncomfortable or dangerous (hot box effect, high temperature, too small, etc.);
  • any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
    • consumption of alcoholic beverages accompanied by either threats or peer pressure;
  • any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subsection;
    • total or partial nudity at any time;
    • the wearing or carrying of any embarrassing, degrading or physically burdensome article;
    • throwing any substance on a person;
    • lineups for the purpose of interrogating, demeaning or intimidating;
    • transportation and abandonment (road trips, kidnaps, walks, rides, drops, etc.);
    • any form of individual interrogation;
    • any type of servitude that is of personal benefit to the individual members;
    • wearing of embarrassing or uncomfortable clothing;
    • intentionally messing up the house or a room for clean up;
    • demeaning names;
    • yelling or screaming;
  • any activity that induces, causes or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the Penal Code.
    • assigning pranks such as stealing, painting objects, harassing other organizations;
    • consumption of alcoholic beverages accompanied by either threats or peer pressure;
Content adapted from the Memorandum on Hazing Law and UT Regulations.

Is It Hazing?

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. Don't let fear or the assumption that the potential hazing incident is harmless affect your decision to report an incident. 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.

Content adapted from the Florida State University Hazing Education Initiative.

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