Answered By: Student Worker
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016     Views: 9

Hazing is neither permitted nor tolerated at Houston Baptist University.  Physical and mental hazing is prohibited by both the University and the national fraternal organizations.  Greek members understand the importance of not hazing and strongly inhere to the policies set forth by nationals and the University as a whole. 

The HBU student Handbook states that “Hazing is defined as annoyance of a student by playing abusive or ridiculous tricks, harassing or aiding or abetting in such behavior, which would cause physical, mental or emotional harm, or which involves violation of a statutory law, shall not be allowed. A student or an organization may be found to have engaged in acts of hazing even when the acts are not subject to the provisions of state law. Hazing offenses may be either personal (including engaging in hazing and failing to report hazing, both of which as Class B Misdemeanors are punishable by fine and/or jail time) or organizational (including activities of organization alumni -subject to a fine of $5,000 to $10,000). Consent is not a defense against a hazing charge and immunity from prosecution is available where there is a formal investigation and involved students testify for the prosecution.”

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