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Group or individual activities which could result in physical harm or severe mental duress to an individual as a consequence of physical or verbal harassment are considered a crime under the Penal Code of the State of Texas. Such activities shall include, but not be limited to, the submission of a student to physical exertion, humiliation, or intimidation by threats of ostracism as a condition to becoming a member of any recognized university organization. Questions regarding the approval of an organization’s activity can be discussed with the Director of Student Life and Services.

A person commits the offense of hazing if the person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, aides or attempts to aid another in hazing; knowingly permits hazing to occur; or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred or may occur and does not report it to the proper university officials. An organization that knowingly engages in or encourages hazing also may be charged with the offense of hazing. This offense is punishable by a fine and/or confinement in jail.

It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that the person at whom the act was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. If you have knowledge that a person or organization is planning or has committed an act of hazing, you must report the information to the Director of Student Life and Services.

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