As new member education for fraternities and sororities is underway, TCU students are being reminded of the school’s zero-tolerance hazing policy.
On Tuesday evening, a campus-wide email highlighting the definition of hazing, as well as the consequences, was sent out.
“The University will take disciplinary action for conduct that constitutes hazing regardless of whether public authorities prosecute students under the hazing law,” wrote Dr. David Cozzens, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of campus life.
The “Prohibition Hazing Memorandum,” defines hazing 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, hold office in, or maintaining membership in an organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution.”
TCU disciplinary actions vary in severity, depending on each instance of hazing. The email included a number of fraternities and one sorority that were disciplined for hazing in accordance with Texas law. The violations date back to fall of 2013.