UTSA prohibits hazing. This website is meant to serve as a guide to assist the UTSA community in planning for activities and for sharing information on hazing.
As with all things, dialogue is important. We encourage you to come by Student Activities (UC 1.02.08 or DB 1.302) or to call 210.458.4160 for any assistance.
Student Organizations that are found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct in terms of hazing will be sanctioned. The Student Organization Discipline process can be found in the Student Organization Relationship Statement under Section 7 (Policies).
Myths & Facts about Hazing
Myth #1: Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily.
Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are rising.
Common Excuses for Hazing
Hazing can become so embedded in an organization's culture that the members don't even know why they are doing it. In these cases, convincing members that hazing is wrong may seem like an insurmountable task.
Is it Hazing?
Before participating in any activity that you think is questionable and could be considered hazing, stop and ask yourself some of these questions:
Why Hazing Doesn't Work Continued
Listed below are some of the traditional hazing practices and the negative consequences they are likely to produce. If you need reasons why hazing is inappropriate, the following should help:
Alternative to Hazing
Sometimes, organizations who haze new members are confused about how to change these practices. There are many creative ways to change from a hazing to a non-hazing organization. The following are some specific examples of ways to eliminate hazing and make membership a challenging but positive experience: