Earlier this week, the Dean of Students sent out an e-mail explaining the anti-hazing law. Doctor Margarita Arellano discussed more in depth about the different types of hazing and what is considered “hazing.”
“A lot of these cases sometimes can have physical injuries, but it doesn’t need to just be physical injuries. It can also be somebody feeling demeened. Sometimes there’s even sexual asault or abuse of alochol. As a result of hazing, a person can die of alcohol poisioning. In some instances, it doesn’t even need to be alcohol. Excessive water consumption has killed,” explained Doctor Arellano.
Usually people think hazing refers to something huge and terrible; however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the littlest things can be considered hazing. “Consequenes vary according to the violation, the sanctions vary. Depending if it’s the person or the leader, or the extent of the hazing. It can be either a first suspension or an expulsion,” discussed Dr. Arelllano.
It’s hard for people to realize how important this law is. For people who go around these laws, there will be consequences. Doctor Arellano discusses how hazing doesn’t only occur at the college level…
“[Hazing] does exist everywhere. In higher education, it does exist even in high school, it does exist sometimes in the military, it does exist in sports clubs. It exists everywhere and it is something that needs to be addressed.”
– Dr. Margarita Arellano
Hazing exists everywhere and this law hopes to eliminate these behaviors. For more information on the Anti-Hazing law, you can check out the Dean of Students website at dos.txstate.edu. To report an act of hazing, please contact Campus Activities and Student Organizations at (512)245-3219 or the Dean of Students Office at (512)245-2124.
Haley Brown, KTSW News.