University Events and Student Programs

Greek Life - Hazing Statement


Hazing Policy

All acts of hazing by any individual student or University registered student club or organization and any of its members or alumni are prohibited. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect, and no individual may perform an act that is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any other person within the University community. Accordingly, any such behavior is expressly forbidden when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity.

Any student or organization found to be involved in any hazing activity may face conduct action and may be subject to expulsion from the University. Violation of this policy exists irrespective of the voluntary or consensual participation in the hazing activity by the person being hazed.

Hazing Defined by the Texas Education Code

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.

UIW Defines 3 Categories of Hazing

  • Subtle: Actions against accepted UIW conduct, behavior and good taste.
  • Harassment: Anything causing mental anguish or physical discomfort to the new members.
  • Dangerous: Anything that endangers the life of a new member or has the potential to cause bodily injury.

If you would like to report an incidence of hazing please contact Paul Ayala, Director of University Events & Student Programs, at (210) 829-6034

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