Hazing Education and Awareness

What is defined as hazing?

"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 into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.

Hazing includes any type of:

  • Physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Activity that 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 Baylor University Student Organization or 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 subdivision; and
  • Activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code.

Personal Hazing Offense- A person commits an offense if the person:

  • engages in hazing;
  • solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
  • recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
  • 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 Dean for Student Learning and Engagement or other appropriate official of the institution.

How to report hazing:

  • Contact the Dean for Student Learning, Director of Students Activities, or campus faculty/staff advisor.
  • Report potential incidents of hazing here