Statement on Hazing
Angelo State University expects that all members of all 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 means any Intentional, knowing, or reckless act directed against a student by one person acting alone or by more than one person occurring on or off University premises that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging or associating with, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, seeking and/or maintaining membership in any organization whose membership consists of students. Consent and/or acquiescence by a student or students subjected to hazing is not a reasonable defense in a disciplinary proceeding.
Students and the organizations to which they belong commit a criminal offense if they are involved in any form of hazing. This includes engaging in, soliciting, encouraging, directing, aiding, or attempting to aid another in engaging in hazing; intentionally, knowingly or recklessly permitting hazing to occur; and having firsthand knowledge that hazing is going to occur or has occurred and knowingly failing to report this information in writing to the Executive Director of Student Affairs or other appropriate university official. Hazing is punishable by fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and confinement in jail may be assessed. Organizations involved in hazing are subject to not less than $5,000 or more than $10,000 except when the offense causes personal injury, property damage or other loss. Then the organization may be punished by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or the expenses incurred because of such injury, damage, or loss. In addition, individuals and organizations involved in any form of hazing subject themselves to university discipline.
The above statement is a brief, factual summary of the Hazing Act and is not intended as a substitute for a legal interpretation of the Act. Copies of the complete Act are available in the Office of Student Affairs.
It must be understood that each potential new member understands that if he/she is involved in hazing activities (i.e. is being hazed by others or participates in the hazing of another or others) then, as a free individual participating in that activity, he/she may share responsibility for violation of these laws and university policy and could be held responsible along with the chapter and other individuals.