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3.2.2 Hazing

Intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campus, 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, developing group cohesion, training, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are, or include, students at TCU. A person commits an offense if they engage in hazing; solicit, encourage, direct, aid, or attempt to aid another engaging in hazing; intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permit hazing to occur; have first-hand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing event or have firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing event has occurred and knowingly fail to report that knowledge to appropriate University officials. Acquiescence or consent by the student against whom the hazing was directed is not a defense for this prohibited conduct. Specific hazing examples include, but are not limited to:

a. Physical brutality such as paddling, whipping, beating, striking, branding, electrical shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activities;

b. Activities that put students at risk such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small or darkened space, calisthenics, or other similar activity which may subject the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that may adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of the student;

c. Any act involving consumption, including coerced consumption, of a substance such as food, liquid, alcoholic beverages, liquor, drugs, or other substances that may subject the student to an unreasonable risk of harm, that may affect the student’s mental or physical health or safety, or would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student is intoxicated;

d. Activities that intimidate or threaten a student with ostracism;

e. Activities that subject a student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation;

f. Activities that affect the mental health or dignity of the student including, but not limited to, compelling a student to perform acts of personal servitude or to participate in treasure hunts, road trips, scavenger hunts, or other activities which purposefully single out, isolate, or distinguish another student from their peers;

g. Activities that jeopardize students’ ability to fulfill academic requirements by requiring such things as late work sessions, depriving students of ample study time, or preventing class or study session attendance;

h. Activities that discourage the student from entering or remaining registered at the University, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or University rather than submit to the activities; and/or

i. Activities that induce, cause, or require a student to perform an act violating local, state, or federal laws or this Code.