Hazing Policy

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Dean of Students

General Description

Policy Summary:

This policy defines hazing and prohibits it.  


This policy addresses the emotional, psychological, and physical health and well-being of Trinity students and fulfills state laws related to hazing. 


This applies to all current students. 


Policy Content
  1. any physical act of violence expected of, or inflicted upon, another;
  2. any physical activity expected of, or inflicted upon, another, including calisthenics;
  3. pressure or coercion of another to consume any legal or illegal substance;
  4. making available unlawful substances;
  5. excessive fatigue or sleep deprivation as a result of any activities;
  6. forced exposure to the weather;
  7. kidnapping, forced road trips, and abandonment;
  8. required carrying of or possessing of a specific item or items;
  9. servitude;
  10. costuming and alteration of appearance;
  11. line-ups and berating;
  12. coerced lewd conduct;
  13. degrading games, activities or public stunts;
  14. interference with academic pursuits;
  15. violation of University policy;
  16. assignment of illegal and unlawful activities.
  1. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity; 
  2. involves sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other similar activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  3. involves consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, other than as  described by paragraphs (e) or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely effects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  4. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which involves a violation of the Penal Code. Sec. 4.52 Or
  5. involves coercing, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code, the student to consume:
  1. engages in hazing;
  2. solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing;
  3. intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
  4. has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report said knowledge in writing to the dean of students or other appropriate officials of the institution.
  1. In the prosecution of an offense for hazing under Texas law, the court may grant immunity from prosecution for the offense to each person who is subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution and does testify for the prosecution.
  2. Any person who voluntarily reports a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution to the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution is immune from liability, civil, or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as a result of the reported hazing incident if the person:
    1. reports the incident before being contacted by the institution concerning the incident or otherwise being included in the institution’s investigation of the incident; and
    2. as determined by the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution designated by the institution, cooperates in good faith throughout any institutional process regarding the incident.
  3. Immunity  extends to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report.
  4. A person is not immune if the person:
    1. Reports the person’s own act of hazing; or
    2. Reports an incident of hazing in bad faith or with malice.
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7/16/2019 10:22 AM
Christina Castillo

Vice President Approval:

Enter Vice President(s) that are responsible for approving this document



Sheryl Tynes
Vice President for Student Life