Aggie Greek 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.
Hazing has also been defined by a number of inter/national fraternities and sororities as any action taken or situation created (on or off university premises), to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. (see FIPG, Inc. Policies or that of your inter/national organization).
Some examples of behavior or activities that may meet the definition of hazing include (but may not be limited to):
- Paddling in any form, pushing, hitting, or physical threats;
- Creation of excessive fatigue, or forced or coerced participation in calisthenics;
- Physical or psychological shocks;
- Quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any such activities carried on outside the confines of the university and not directly related to the purposes of the fraternity;
- Wearing publicly, apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, or requiring shaved hair;
- Public nudity;
- Engaging in public stunts or buffoonery;
- Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities;
- Late work sessions or activities that interfere with scholastic activities, including exhausting and time consuming projects that are disruptive to normal study patterns;
- Tasks of personal servitude;
- Physical disfigurements (temporary or permanent) including tattooing or branding (simulated or actual);
- Deprivation of normal sleep (less than six uninterrupted hours per night);
- Memorization of information not directly related to the fraternity/sorority;
- Forced, required, or coerced consumption of any food, liquid, or other substance;
- Any dangerous activity including, but not limited to, long swims, jumps from high places, binding, and blindfolding (except as may be required during the national ritual);
- Requiring the carrying of objects such as bricks, buckets, or large wooden objects;
- Required participation in public acts, skits, or songs, for the purpose of humiliation or embarrassment;
- Any activity considered morally offensive by an individual participating;
- Intentionally creating clean-up work;
- Confining participants to rooms or areas that are uncomfortable due to temperature, noise, size, or air quality for the purpose of harassment;
- Any activity without constructive aspect or reasonable purpose, including but not limited to “line-ups,” “rat courts,” mock trials, interrogations, yelling of obscenities, or votes of continuance not consistent with the national constitution of, or sanctioned by the national fraternity or sorority;
- Any other activity which is not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or policy and/or Texas A&M University Student Rules.