2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 76 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 13. Hazing Texas State law defines hazing 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 into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution.” The term includes but is 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 such as 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; • Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; • Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subsection; and • Any activity that induces, causes or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the Penal Code or Code of Student Conduct. Hazing is any activity that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers a person, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Students who are hazed often suffer physical or emotional difficulties. Such activity does not fit within the Christian mission of HSU. The Texas Legislature enacted an anti-hazing law in 1987. The state law provides penal sanctions in the event of a conviction of hazing. According to this law, individuals or organizations engaging in hazing could be subject to fines and charged with a criminal offense. Hazing on the part of students, faculty or staff is strictly forbidden, whether on or off campus. HSU students are expected to be partners in fulfilling the Christian mission of the university by creating and maintaining standards within student groups, teams and organizations that are conducive to personal growth and development. HSU will take disciplinary action against individuals and/or groups who are involved in hazing activities. Such disciplinary action may be taken independently of state or local prosecutorial actions. A person commits a hazing offense if the person: • Engages in hazing. • 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 involving a student in an educational institution, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report said knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students, campus police, or the Director of Student Activities.