As a first-year student at Texas A&M University, you have the opportunity to join a wide range of groups, including athletic teams, fraternities and sororities, performing arts ensembles, religious groups, public service organizations and others. Entry into some of these groups may involve formal or informal initiation rites.
Although initiation practices can help new members become part of a group, they can also constitute hazing. Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves endangering the physical health of an individual or causing mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment. Often hazing involves pressure to drink alcohol , sometimes in dangerous amounts. Being hazed is serious and can have a significant effect on one's physical and emotional health.
If you are joining a group on campus, it's a good idea to be an informed consumer and understand the risk of being hazed. Since hazing thrives on secrecy and deception, it is important to be wide-eyed when joining a group. Hazing occurs in many types of organizations, but most official reports at Texas A&M University involve fraternities, sororities and the Corps of Cadets.
If you have been hazed at Texas A&M University, or in the past, you are not alone. Hazing is a problem nationwide, and many college students arrive on campus already having been hazed in high school. So even if you are not hazed yourself, there is a good chance that you will have a friend who is hazed.
If you want to help stop hazing, find out about the steps to take and the resources that are available. If you become aware of hazing, you can make an anonymous report to University officials. And if you are hazed, one of the most important things you can do is to resist participating in the "tradition" of hazing the next generation of members. As a member of the organization you will have a chance to challenge hazing and help bring about a change in the culture of the group and campus.
As stated in the Aggie Greeks Statement on hazing,
"A fraternity/sorority member, who believes in true brotherhood/sisterhood and the ideals embraced by his/her fraternity/sorority ritual, could not possibly haze a pledge/associate member or brother/sister. Every national fraternity/sorority represented by a chapter on the Texas A&M University campus has denounced and forbad hazing. The State of Texas has enacted legislation which makes hazing a criminal offense. The A&M administration is unconditionally opposed to any situation created to produce mental and/or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
As such, Aggie Greeks are expected to uphold the principles and ideals of their fraternity rituals, respect federal, state, and local laws and abide by Texas A&M University Student Rules regarding participation in hazing activities. Aggie fraternity and sorority members are also expected to immediately report any such activity of which you become aware to your advisor, the University Police, Greek Life Office, the Dean of Student Life (anonymously, if necessary) . Your failure to report an act of hazing is in effect giving tacit approval of an activity that is not in line with your fraternity ideals and values nor that of the Aggie Code of Honor."