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progress toward a degree. Hours that are taken during May Term, Summer I, and Summer II will be counted
toward the calendar year.
Greek Council serves as liaison between member clubs of the Greek System and the university administration. It
also serves as the regulatory body of the Greek System. All social organizations with a pledging program must be
members of the Council.
Pledging is an interim period in which a candidate for social and service club membership must participate in order
to become acquainted with club members, become aware of the club purposes and goals, and understand
requirements and costs of membership.
The time required for pledging is limited to a maximum of five weeks.
Pledging dates are listed on the University Calendar. Pledging is a time-consuming activity which must be pursued
as with any extracurricular activity. If students desire to become club members, they must coordinate their time to
fit their study and pledging schedules—it can be done with rewarding results.
Pledge activities which cause physical or mental discomfort or embarrassment are not permitted. Hazing of any
sort is a violation of Texas state law and university policy.
Pledge activities are not to interfere with any academic programs of the university. Students’ primary responsibility
is to their class work.
No pledging activities will take place after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights and after 1 a.m. on Sunday
Any student club or organization violating pledging regulations will be subject to suspension from further
operation at HSU. Club violations will be investigated by the office of the vice president for student development
and referred to a special committee appointed by the vice president for student development for appropriate
action. The committee will be made up of three faculty/staff and two students. Individual club members involved
in pledging regulation violations will be subject to disciplinary action by the dean of students.
The following statement is to be considered as proper notification of the official Hardin-Simmons University
position and policy concerning hazing:
All hazing is prohibited!
Effective September 1, 1987, Texas Legislation (Sub-chapter B, Chapter 4, Education Code) made hazing in any
form, mental or physical, by individuals or by organizations, a misdemeanor crime.
It is the responsibility of all students and organizations to become familiar with the entire law, its definitions,
provisions, and prescribed punishments. The Hardin-Simmons University Student Development Office will make
copies of the law available to all clubs and organizations at the beginning of each semester and to individuals who
According to the Texas Legislature, 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,
that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated