AUSTIN (KXAN) - The University of Texas will not tolerate hazing by any group or individual affiliated with the university, according to a message sent to all students on Monday.
Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, sent a hazing memorandum to all students outlining the state law and university policy.
"Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student," is an activity prohibited under state law according to the message.
"Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body or similar activity," is also defined as hazing the memo said.
Regarding the university's disciplinary policy, the memo stated, "the law does not affect or in any way limit the right of the university to enforce its own rules against hazing. "
According to the rules and regulations of the board of regents for UT, violation of the rules render both the person inflicting the hazing and person submitting to hazing are subject to discipline.
"In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event in good faith and without malice to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution," Reagins-Lilly said.
To report an act of hazing at UT, go to the Office of the Dean of Students or visit their website to file a claim .
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