Hazing

UNT Hazing Policy

The complete UNT Hazing Policy is online at http://policy.unt.edu/policy/07-013.
 
UNT is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of the university community and prohibits hazing by any student, student group or employee.

Hazing is any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off-campus, 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 regardless of whether the student victim may have consented to or acquiesced in the activity. The term includes: 

  1. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;  
  2. 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;  
  3. any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; 
  4. any activity that intentionally intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, 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 of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and 
  5. 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 of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and 
  6. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Code of Student Conduct; other university policies; or local, state, or federal laws. 

Code of Student Conduct

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.

How to Report Suspected Hazing

Anyone with knowledge of hazing should immediately report the matter to UNT by completing and online report at report.unt.edu contacting the Dean of Students Office (940.565.2648, conduct.dos@unt.edu) or anonymously calling the UNT Hazing Hotline (940.369.STOP). A report can also be made to the UNT Police (940.565.3000). 

UNT will investigate all reports of hazing involving students, whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off campus and regardless of the victim’s acquiescence to the alleged misconduct.

Penalties for Hazing

UNT will discipline any student or student group found responsible for hazing. Sanctions for students found responsible for hazing can include probation, loss of privileges, suspension, or expulsion. Sanctions for student groups can include probation, loss of privilege, and suspension. Students and student groups can also be assigned educational sanctions designed to change behavior and reduce the risk of future misconduct.

When hazing happens within a student group, UNT may find both the student group and individual students responsible. A student group can be found responsible if it condones or encourages hazing, or if its officers, members, or alumni commit or assist in the commission of hazing.

Hazing Prevention

UNT has resources to help students and student groups prevent hazing. Students and student groups can consult with the Dean of Students Office, the Greek Life Office, and the Student Activities Center. The Dean of Students Office coordinates UNT’s activities for National Hazing Prevention Week. The Greek Life Office provides assistance and support to UNT’s fraternities and sororities, and the Student Activities Center works with all student groups.

Two nationally-based organizations can also be useful resources: StopHazing (http://stophazing.org) and HazingPrevention.Org (http://hazingprevention.org). 

Hazing and the Law

Hazing is not only against UNT policy, it is also against the law. The Texas Education Code, sections 51.936 and 37.151 through 37.157 make hazing a criminal offense. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:

  • Failing to report hazing: Fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days to 1 year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: Fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail

Except where hazing results in death, an individual convicted of hazing may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail. Students who commit hazing can be subject to both criminal prosecution and penalties as well as sanctions through the university conduct process.

Student groups and individual students can be found guilty of hazing.

Student Organization Conduct Standing

Student groups are those that are defined as groups registered with the Student Activities Office, or groups who officially represent the university, including, an association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or student government, a band or musical group or an academic, athletic, cheerleading, or dance team, including any group or team that participates in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition, or a service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students. Each student group must abide by the Code of Student Conduct (UNT Policy 07.012) and UNT Hazing Policy (UNT Policy 07.013).  Those found responsible for hazing will be listed below in accordance with Texas Education Code, sections 37.151 (5) and (6).

Organization Date Incident Occurred What Occurred Violations of the Code of Student Conduct Findings Sanctions Date Conduct Process was Resolved
Sigma Nu, Zeta Omicron Chapter  June 2, 2017 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging.  Section IX-F-2: Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing;  Responsible  Level II Conduct Probation to August 1, 2019; Have General Fraternity conduct a membership review by end of Fall 2017; No social events Fall 2017; No events with alcohol through Spring 2018 semester; Educational Sanctions;  In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for
hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect. 
October 25, 2017
Pi Kappa Phi, Gamma Tau Chapter  February 3, 2018  Physical brutality; intentional act for the purposes of pledging & being initiated into a group.  Section IX-F2-  Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible  Suspended from UNT through May 24, 2020; vacate house;  In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect.  September 13, 2018
Delta Sigma Phi, Gamma XI Chapter October 1, 2018 Consumption of Liquid; intentional act for the purposes of pledging Section IX-F2-  Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible  Level II Conduct Probation to June 30, 2019; Educational Sanctions;  In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for
hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect. 
January 14, 2019
Theta Chi, Delta Phi Chapter  Fall Semester 2018 Mental health threat;  an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; consumption of food and alcohol. Section IX-F-2: Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible  Suspended from UNT through May 24, 2022;  vacate house; Educational Sanctions upon returning to campus.   In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect.  February 4, 2019
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Texas Beta Chapter  Spring 2019 Confinement in a small space for purposes of pledging; consumption of alcohol. Section IX-F2-  Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible  Chapter will be placed on Level II Conduct Probation until April 30, 2020; Additional violations of the Code of Conduct while on Level II Conduct Probation may result in being suspended from the University of North Texas. Educational Sanctions: In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, chapter will be placed on the list of organizations disciplined for hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary act takes effect. May 10, 2019

Alpha Tau Omega,

Kappa Gamma Chapter 

Fall 2018

Physical Activity; Intentional act for the purposes of pledging;  Section IX-F2-  Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible Level II Conduct Probation: This is a specified period of time from now until August 15, 2022; assist with Hazing Prevention Week 2020 and 2021 November 20, 2019

Alpha Tau Omega,

Kappa Gamma Chapter 

Fall 2019

Intentional acts for the purposes of pledging; Section IX-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare – Hazing Responsible Conduct Probation: This is a specified period of time from now until August 15, 2024; assist with Hazing Prevention Week 2020, 2021 and 2022; Collaborate with SURE for alcohol education programming for October 2020 and April 2021 May 8, 2020
  • Texas Education Code, sections 37.151 (5) and (6) requires public institutions to disclose a hazing report that will be continually updated.
  • Student groups will remain on the report for a period of 3 years.
  • Student groups may have been investigated and found responsible for additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct that are not listed on this report because they are not required to be disclosed. Sanctions listed in this report may be reflective of all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, not just the hazing violation.
  • Sanctioning is based on the severity of the behavior and any pattern of behavior the student group may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Failing to report hazing: fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days-one year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail
  • Except where the hazing results in death, the student may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail
  • The student may also be subject to university disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the University, in addition to or regardless of any penalty imposed by the state.

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).

On Campus Resources

The following on-campus departments are helpful hazing resources:

Stop Hazing Poster

How to Report Hazing at UNT

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).

Texas Statutes

Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas, as codified in the following statutes:

National Resources

  • The National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number is 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293). The line is available to those who think they, or students they know, have been or may become victims of hazing. Callers may remain anonymous or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly.
  • StopHazing.org is a Web site dedicated to education to eliminate hazing. More information is available at http://www.stophazing.org.
  • HazingPrevention.Org is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to encourage healthy and productive experiences for new members of teams, student organizations and fraternities and sororities. More information is available at http://hazingprevention.org/.