Statement on Hazing
Angelo State University expects that all members of recognized student organizations will observe and fully comply with Texas State Statutes on hazing. In addition, all students are expected to adhere to regulations set forth by their respective (Inter)National Fraternities or Sororities, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and University policies concerning practices commonly referred to as hazing.
Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas.
By definition, hazing is any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of the University, 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 any organization whose membership consists primarily of students. Consent and/or acquiescence by a student or students subjected to hazing is not a reasonable defense in a disciplinary proceeding.
Examples of hazing include but are not limited to:
- Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.
- Any type of physical activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health of safety of a student, such as humiliation, sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, personal servitude, calisthenics, or other similar activity.
- Any activity that involves consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance, other than as described by item 4 below, which subjects a student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of a student.
- Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves coercing a student to consume a drug, an alcoholic beverage, or liquor in an amount that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student is intoxicated.
- Any activity in which a person solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing; intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permits hazing to occur; has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident which has occurred or may occur; witnesses or participates in a specific hazing incident and knowingly fails to report the incident in writing to the Office of Student Affairs.
- Any activity in which hazing is either condoned or encouraged or any action by an officer or combination of members, pledges, associates, or alumni of the organization of committing or assisting in the commission of hazing.
- Any activity that involves coercing a student to consume an alcoholic beverage, liquor, or drug, or creates an environment in which the student reasonably feels coerced to consume any of those substances.
- NOTE: See Texas Education Code, Sections 37.151-37.155 and Section 51.936.
Students may be prosecuted for committing an act of hazing or for failing to report first-hand knowledge of hazing.
Incidents or planned incidents of hazing must be reported in writing to any one of the following:
- ASU Office of Student Affairs
- In-person – Houston Harte University Center, Suite 112
- On-line Incident Report Form – angelo.edu/incident-form
- ASU Police Department – 325-942-2071
Organizations can also be prosecuted for committing acts of hazing, by condoning or encouraging hazing, or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commit or assist in the commission of hazing. State law specifically extends the definition of organization to include a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.
Organizations found to have committed an act of hazing may be fined. Individuals found guilty of hazing can be fined and sentenced to jail. Additionally, the university may discipline a student, to include permanent expulsion, and may also discipline an organization, including permanently removing the organization from campus.
In accordance with requirements of the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), the following organizations have been disciplined for hazing, on or off campus, during the preceding three years:
Further information about hazing is available in the in the Office of Student Affairs, Houston Harte University Center, Suite 112, by calling 325-942-2047, or on-line in the ASU Student Handbook at http://www.angelo.edu/student-handbook/.