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Hazing is a criminal offense under Texas law that can subject a person to fines, community service, and imprisonment of up to two (2) years. It is also a violation of University policy and members of the University community may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, temporary or permanent separation from the University.
Both a person and an organization can be held criminally responsible for hazing under Texas law. In addition, a person who knows about the planning or occurrence of hazing, but does not disclose that to the proper authorities, also may have committed a crime.
A person commits the offense of hazing if the person (1) engages in hazing, (2) solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing, (3) recklessly permits hazing to occur, or (4) 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 that knowledge in writing to the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution. Tex. Educ. Code § 37.152.
An organization commits the offense of hazing if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing. Tex. Educ. Code § 37.153.
Hazing means 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 for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization if the act:
The consent of the person subject to the hazing is not a defense to criminal prosecution under Texas law. Tex. Educ. Code § 37.154.
In some cases, immunity may be available to someone who comes forward or assists with the investigation or prosecution of hazing, even if that person was involved. Texas law states that individuals who assist in the prosecution of hazing offenses, or who come forward with information before being contacted investigators, may be able to receive immunity for their assistance. Tex. Educ. Code § 37.155.
Yes. Disciplinary action and convictions for hazing by an organization at the University of Dallas are disclosed no later than thirty (30) days after the date on which the disciplinary process is resolved or the conviction becomes final.
The University's hazing reports include hazing, if any, committed on or off campus by an organization registered with or recognized by the University. Specifically, the reports contain information regarding each disciplinary action taken by the University against an organization for hazing, and each conviction for hazing under Section 37.153 of the Texas Education Code by an organization, during the three years preceding the date on which the report is issued or updated. These reports are updated to include information regarding each disciplinary process or conviction not later than the 30th day after the date on which the disciplinary process is resolved or the conviction becomes final.
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