By definition, "hazing" is any intentional, knowing, or reckless act 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 the students of an educational institution."
Students may be held accountable for directly engaging in acts of hazing or for failing to report first-hand knowledge of hazing.
Examples of hazing include but are not limited to:
Hazing occurs regardless of whether the act is committed on or off the university campus and also in circumstances where the student victim may have consented to or acquiesced in the activity.
A person engages in hazing not only by directly engaging in hazing activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding, or attempting to aid another in hazing; or by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by failing to report firsthand information that a hazing incident is planned or has occurred.
Students or student groups may be disciplined and sanctioned for the misconduct of hazing under the UNT Code of Student Conduct. For more information, please visit the Dean of Students Conduct page at deanofstudents.unt.edu/conduct
Does it matter if I did not intend to hurt anyone?
Regardless of the intent, the university policies state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing.
Does it matter if the person being hazed agrees to the activity?
Consent is not a defense. The law and university policy states that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing, regardless of the consent or cooperation of the recipient.
What is the penalty if I'm found responsible for hazing?
Hazing is a violation of state law and the UNT Code of Student Conduct. Students who commit hazing can be held accountable by the university through its conduct process as well as by the state through the legal system. University sanctions for hazing can include a warning, loss of privileges, educational sanctions, probation, suspension, or expulsion. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:
Can an organization be found guilty of hazing?
Yes. An organization commits an offense 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. Organizations which are covered under this law include a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, chorus, cooperative, club, or service, social or similar group whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.
Can I get into trouble for reporting hazing?
No. Any person who reports a specific hazing incident involving a student to an appropriate University official is protected from civil or criminal liability. However, a person who reports in bad faith or with malice is not protected by this section.
The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils have a comprehensive hazing policy which is outlined in their Constitution and By-Laws.
The University Hazing Policy can be found in the UNT Student Handbook and UNT Policy Manual (Section 18.1.12).
The following on-campus departments are helpful hazing resources:
To report a hazing incident, please call UNT's Hazing Hotline at 940-369-STOP (7867)
You may also contact the following on-campus departments:
You can also call the National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293).
Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas, as codified in the following statutes: