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Student Organization Conduct Standing Report

HAZING

TAMUC HAZING POLICY

TAMUC is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of the university community and prohibits hazing by a student(s), a student group(s), or an employee(s).

According to the Texas A&M University System, hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization if the act:

  • Is any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
  • Involves 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;
  • Involves consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance, other than described by the next paragraph, that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; and/or
  • Is any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code; or involves coercing, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code, the student to consume a drug; or an alcoholic beverage or liquor in an amount that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student is intoxicated, as defined by Section 49.01, Penal Code.

The complete TAMUC hazing policy and all other conduct related information is located within our Student Code of Conduct (PDF).

Student Code of Conduct

Students or student groups may be disciplined and sanctioned for the misconduct of hazing under the TAMUC Student Code of Conduct. For more information, please visit the Dean of Students page  Here you will be able to access a copy of our Student Guidebook that contains all relevant information for TAMUC students, parents, faculty, and staff.

How to Report Suspected Hazing

Anyone with knowledge of hazing should immediately report the matter by submitting an Anonymous Hazing Report. A report can also be made by calling the University Police Department (UPD) (903.886.5868) if you believe criminal activity is involved or there this immediate danger.

TAMUC will investigate all reports of hazing involving students, whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off-campus and regardless of the victim’s submission to the alleged misconduct.

Penalties for Hazing

TAMUC will discipline any students, or student groups found responsible for hazing. Sanctions for students found responsible for hazing can include but are not limited to: disciplinary probation, parental notification, suspension, expulsion, and other sanctions as deemed appropriate by University officials. Sanctions for student groups can include social probation, disciplinary probation, suspension, and loss of recognition. Students and student groups can also be assigned educational sanctions designed to change behavior and reduce the risk of future misconduct.

When hazing happens within a student group, TAMUC may find both the student group and individual student responsible. A student group can be found responsible if it condones or encourages hazing, or if its officers, members, or alumni commit or assist in the commission of hazing.

Hazing Prevention

TAMUC has resources to help students and student groups prevent hazing. Students and student groups can consult with the Dean of Students Office, the Fraternity & Sorority Life Office, and the Counseling Center. Two nationally-based organizations can also be useful resources: Stop Hazing (http://stophazing.org) and Hazing Prevention (http://hazingprevention.org). Fraternity & Sorority Life annually hosts a multitude of hazing prevention-related activities during National Hazing Prevention Week in September.

Hazing and the Law

Hazing is not only against the TAMUC policy, but it is also against the law. The Texas Education Code sections 51.936 and 37.151 through 37.157, make hazing a criminal offense. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:

  • Failing to report hazing: Fine up to $1,000 and/or up-to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days to 1 year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: Fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail

 An individual convicted of hazing may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail, except when hazing results in death. Students who commit hazing can be subject to criminal prosecution and penalties as well as sanctions through the university conduct process.

Student groups and individual students can be found guilty of hazing.

Organization Date Incident Occurred Date Investigation was Initiated What Occurred Violations of the Code of Student Conduct Findings Sanctions Date Conduct Process was Resolved
Not Applicable  Spring 2018
Not Applicable  Fall 2018
Not Applicable  Spring 2019
Kappa Sigma International Fraternity November 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging. Hazing Responsible Social Probation
April 10, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Includes the removal of all social privileges as an organization due to violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Signed Agreement
Develop and Complete by January 29, 2021.  The organizational leadership must work in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to develop and complete a formal plan for Hazing Prevention education for current and new members.

Marijuana Module and Essay
April 10, 2020 – July 31, 2020.  The organization members will complete this program to develop strategies for preventing marijuana consumption.
April 10, 2020
Not Applicable  Spring 2020
Zeta Eta Chapter of Sigma Chi Sept. 30, 2020 Accepted responsibility on Oct. 28th, 2020 Intentional acts for the purposes of pledging Hazing Responsible Social Probation
October 26, 2020 through January 25th, 2021. Includes the removal of all social privileges as an organization due to violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Letter of Apology
The organization is to submit a letter of apology to the members of the affected organization by November 6th, 2020.

Restitution
The organization shall make restitution for damages to property by December 11th, 2020.

Educational Sanction
The chapter must plan, market and implement an educational program to be presented to the fraternity and sorority life community by May 3rd, 2021.

Educational Sanction
The organization shall receive values based training from organizational volunteers/staff by December 11th, 2020.
November 2, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

1.)   Does it matter if I did not intend to hurt anyone?

Regardless of the intent, the university policies state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing.

2.)   Does it matter if the person being hazed agrees to the activity?

Consent is not a defense. The law and university policy state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing, regardless of the consent or cooperation of the recipient.

3.)   What is the penalty if I'm found responsible for hazing?

Hazing is a violation of state law and the TAMUC Student Code of Conduct. Students who commit hazing can be held accountable by the university through its conduct process as well as by the state through the legal system. University sanctions for hazing can include loss of privileges, educational sanctions, disciplinary probation, social probation, suspension, expulsion, or other sanctions as deemed appropriate by University officials. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:

  • Failing to report hazing: fine up to $1,000 and/or up-to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days to one year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail
  • Except where the hazing results in death, the student may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail
  • The student may also be subject to university disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the University, in addition to or regardless of any penalty imposed by the state.

4.)   Can an organization be found responsible for hazing?

Yes. An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing. Organizations that are covered under this law include a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, chorus, cooperative, club, or service, a social or similar group whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.

5.)   Can I get into trouble for reporting hazing?

No. Any person who reports a specific hazing incident involving a student to an appropriate University official is protected from civil or criminal liability. However, a person who reports in bad faith or with malice is not protected by this section.

On-Campus Resources

The following on-campus departments are helpful hazing resources:

Dean of Students Office: 903.886.5195

University Police Department (UPD): 903.886.5868 or 911

Counseling Center: 903-886-5145

Fraternity & Sorority Life: 903-886-3317

How to Report Hazing at TAMUC

To report a hazing incident, please submit a report immediately through the following link: https://www.tamuc.edu/campuslife/DeanOfStudents/Concerns%20and%20Incident%20Reporting%20Forms.aspx.

You may also contact the following on-campus departments:

Dean of Students Office: 903.886.5195

University Police Department (UPD): 903.886.5868 or 911

You can also call the National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293).

Texas Statutes

Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas, as codified in the following statutes:

Texas Education Code, Section 51.936 

Texas Education Code, Section 37.151-157

 

National Resources

  • The National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number is 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293). The line is available to those who think they, or students they know, have been or may become victims of hazing. Callers may remain anonymous, or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly.
  • StopHazing.org is a website dedicated to education to eliminate hazing. More information is available at http://www.stophazing.org.
  • HazingPrevention.org is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to encourage healthy and productive experiences for new members of teams, student organizations, and fraternities and sororities. More information is available at http://hazingprevention.org/.