UNT Hazing Policy

The complete UNT Hazing Policy is online at http://policy.unt.edu/policy/07-013.

UNT is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of the university community and prohibits hazing by any student, student group, or employee.

Hazing is any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off-campus, 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 regardless of whether the student victim may have consented to or acquiesced in the activity. The term includes: 

a. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;  
b. any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; 
c. any activity involving the consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
d. any activity that intentionally intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and 
e. or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization of the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and
f. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Code of Student Conduct; other university policies; or local, state, or federal laws. 

Code of Student Conduct

Students or student groups may be disciplined and sanctioned for the misconduct of hazing under the UNT Code of Student Conduct. For more information, please visit the Dean of Students Conduct page at studentaffairs.unt.edu/dean-of-students/conduct.

How to Report Suspected Hazing

Anyone with knowledge of hazing should immediately report the matter to UNT by completing an online report at report.unt.edu contacting the Dean of Students Office (940.565.2648, conduct.dos@unt.edu) or anonymously calling the UNT Hazing Hotline (940.369.STOP). A report can also be made to the UNT Police (940.565.3000). 

UNT will investigate all reports of hazing involving students, whether the alleged misconduct took place on or off-campus and regardless of the victim's acquiescence to the alleged misconduct.

Penalties for Hazing

UNT will discipline any student or student group found responsible for hazing. Sanctions for students found responsible for hazing can include probation, loss of privileges, suspension, or expulsion. Sanctions for student groups can include probation, loss of privilege, and suspension. Students and student groups can also be assigned educational sanctions designed to change behavior and reduce the risk of future misconduct.

When hazing happens within a student group, UNT may find both the student group and individual students responsible. A student group can be found responsible if it condones or encourages hazing, or if its officers, members, or alumni commit or assist in the commission of hazing.

Hazing Prevention

UNT has resources to help students and student groups prevent hazing. Students and student groups can consult with the Dean of Students Office, the Greek Life Office, and the Student Activities Center. The Dean of Students Office coordinates UNT's activities for National Hazing Prevention Week. The Greek Life Office provides assistance and support to UNT's fraternities and sororities, and the Student Activities Center works with all student groups.

Two nationally-based organizations can also be useful resources: StopHazing (http://stophazing.org) and HazingPrevention.Org (http://hazingprevention.org). 

Hazing and the Law

Hazing is not only against UNT policy, it is also against the law. The Texas Education Code sections 51.936 and 37.151 through 37.157 make hazing a criminal offense. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:

  • Failing to report hazing: Fine up to $1,000 and/or up-to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: Fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days to 1 year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: Fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail

Except where hazing results in death, an individual convicted of hazing may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail. Students who commit hazing can be subject to both criminal prosecution and penalties as well as sanctions through the university conduct process.

Student groups and individual students can be found guilty of hazing.

Student Organization Conduct Standing

Student groups are those that are defined as groups registered with the Student Activities Office or groups who officially represent the university, including, an association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or student government, a band or musical group or an academic, athletic, cheerleading, or dance team, including any group or team that participates in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition, or a service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students. Each student group must abide by the Code of Student Conduct (UNT Policy 07.012) and UNT Hazing Policy (UNT Policy 07.013).  Those found responsible for hazing will be listed below in accordance with Texas Education Code, sections 37.151 (5) and (6).

Organization Date Incident Occurred What Occurred Violations of the Code of Student Conduct Findings Sanctions Date Conduct Process was Resolved
Alpha Tao Omega, Kappa Gamma Chapter Summer 2020 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging; Section IX-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Chapter will be placed on Conduct Probation until August 15, 2024; Additional violations of the Code of Conduct while on Conduct Probation may result in being suspended from the University of North Texas. Educational Sanctions: Must participate in Fall 20 and 21 Hazing Prevention Week programming. May 8, 2020
Kappa Alpha Psi, Zeta Upsilon Chapter Spring 2020 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging. Section IX-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Student Group Suspension until March 18, 2025; In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for
hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect.
March 18, 2020
Beta Upsilon Chi, Theta Chapter Spring 2020 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging. Section IX-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Chapter will be placed on Conduct Probation until January 18, 2021. Additional violations of the Code of Conduct while on Conduct Probation may result in being suspended from the University of North Texas. Educational Sanctions: Must develop a New Member Education Plan to be approved by CFSL. January 17, 2020
Delta Sigma Phi, Gamma Xi Chapter Fall 2020,
Spring 2021,
Fall 2021
Physical brutality; Calisthenics, intentional act for the purposes of pledging & being initiated into a group. Section IX-F-2: Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Conduct Probation: This is a specified period of time from now until December 31, 2022. The Delta Sigma Phi-Gamma Xi chapter in partnership with another Greek-lettered organization will put on a presentation focused on Hazing that will be given to the Sorority and Fraternity community here at the University of North Texas. All members of the organization will be required to participate in the presentation. The presentation must be given by the end of the Spring 2022 term. In accordance with regulations with the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), Delta Sigma Phi- Gamma XI Chapter will be placed on the hazing list at the University of North Texas for 3 years December 13, 2021
Kappa Kappa Gamma-
Zeta Sigma Chapter
Fall 2021 Intentional act of adversely affecting the mental or physical health of others for the purposes of maintaining membership. Section IX-F-2: Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Conduct Probation: This is a specified period of time from now until January 23, 2023. The Kappa Kappa Gamma, Zeta Sigma chapter in partnership with another Greek-lettered organization will put on a presentation focused on Hazing that will be given to the Sorority and Fraternity community here at the University of North Texas. All members of the organization will be required to participate in the presentation. The presentation must be given by April 15, 2022.
In accordance with regulations with the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), Kappa Kappa Gamma Zeta Sigma Chapter will be placed on the hazing list at the University of North Texas for 3 years.
January 24, 2022
Alpha Phi Alpha Eta Epsilon Chapter Fall 2021 Hazing (as investigated and sanctioned by Southwestern Region of the National organization) Section 1X-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Regionals found organization responsible for hazing. UNT is upholding Chapter sanctions and put on Conduct Probation with UNT until August 31, 2025 and outcomes upheld by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. February 17, 2022
Sigma Chi, Iota Phi Chapter October 6, 2022 Intentional act for the purposes of pledging; Section 1X-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Conduct Probation until April 18,2023. • The Iota Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi is required to plan and execute a Hazing Education Training by December 1, 2022, for the entire Chapter. • In accordance with regulations with the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), Iota Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi will be placed on the hazing website at the University of North Texas for three years. October 18, 2022
Omega Psi Phi-Phi Gamma October 27, 2022 Physical brutality; Calisthenics, an intentional act for the purposes of pledging & being initiated into a group Section IX-F2- Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible This is a specified period of time from now until December 6, 2024. The Omega Psi Phi-Phi Gamma chapter will put on a presentation focused on Hazing that will be given to the Sorority and Fraternity community here at the University of North Texas. All members of the organization will be required to participate in the presentation. The presentation must be given by the end of the Spring 2023 term. In accordance with regulations with the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), Omega Psi Ph-Phi Gamma Chapter will be placed on the hazing list at the University of North Texas for 3 years December 16, 2022
Phi Gamma Delta, Nu Tau Chapter November 18, 2022 Calisthenics, intentional act for the purposes of pledging & being initiated into a group. Section IX-F2 - Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare - Hazing Responsible Student Group Suspension until January 20th, 2026; In accordance with Section 51.936(c) of the Texas Education Code, this chapter is placed on the list of organizations disciplined for hazing by the University of North Texas for a period of (3) years from the date the disciplinary action takes effect. February 28th, 2023
  • Texas Education Code, sections 37.151 (5) and (6) requires public institutions to disclose a hazing report that will be continually updated.
  • Student groups will remain on the report for a period of 3 years.
  • Student groups may have been investigated and found responsible for additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct that are not listed on this report because they are not required to be disclosed. Sanctions listed in this report may be reflective of all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, not just the hazing violation.
  • Sanctioning is based on the severity of the behavior and any pattern of behavior the student group may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter if I did not intend to hurt anyone?

Regardless of the intent, the university policies state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing.

Does it matter if the person being hazed agrees to the activity?

Consent is not a defense. The law and university policy states that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing, regardless of the consent or cooperation of the recipient.

What is the penalty if I'm found responsible for hazing?

Hazing is a violation of state law and the UNT Code of Student Conduct. Students who commit hazing can be held accountable by the university through its conduct process as well as by the state through the legal system. University sanctions for hazing can include a warning, loss of privileges, educational sanctions, probation, suspension, or expulsion. Criminal penalties for hazing can include:

  • Failing to report hazing: fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail
  • Hazing not resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $500-$1,000 and/or 90-180 days in jail
  • Hazing resulting in serious bodily injury: fine of $1,000-$5,000 and/or 180 days-one year in jail
  • Hazing resulting in death: fine of $5,000-$10,000 and/or 1-2 years in jail
  • Except where the hazing results in death, the student may be required to perform community service in lieu of confinement to jail
  • The student may also be subject to university disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the University, in addition to or regardless of any penalty imposed by the state.

Can an organization be found guilty of hazing?

Yes. An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing. Organizations which are covered under this law include a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, chorus, cooperative, club, or service, a social or similar group whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.

Can I get into trouble for reporting hazing?

No. Any person who reports a specific hazing incident involving a student to an appropriate University official is protected from civil or criminal liability. However, a person who reports in bad faith or with malice is not protected by this section.

The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils have a comprehensive hazing policy which is outlined in their Constitution and By-Laws.

The University Hazing Policy can be found in the UNT Student Handbook and UNT Policy Manual (Section 18.1.12).

On Campus Resources

The following on-campus departments are helpful hazing resources:

Stop Hazing Poster

How to Report Hazing at UNT

To report a hazing incident, please call UNT's Hazing Hotline at 940-369-STOP (7867)

You may also contact the following on-campus departments:

You can also call the National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number at 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293).

Texas Statutes

Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas, as codified in the following statutes:

National Resources

  • The National Anti-Hazing Hotline toll-free number is 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293). The line is available to those who think they, or students they know, have been or may become victims of hazing. Callers may remain anonymous or they can provide personal information so that their concerns can be responded to directly.
  • StopHazing.org is a Web site dedicated to education to eliminate hazing. More information is available at http://www.stophazing.org.
  • HazingPrevention.Org is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to encourage healthy and productive experiences for new members of teams, student organizations and fraternities and sororities. More information is available at http://hazingprevention.org/.