Hazing Violations

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing a safe educational environment for everyone and does not tolerate hazing by any group or individual affiliated with the University. The University expects that all students and organizations will observe and fully comply with state law, University regulations, and administrative rules associated with the prohibition of hazing.

Hazing is prohibited under state law and University policy. The University will take disciplinary action for hazing that takes place during official University functions, or during functions held by registered or sponsored student organizations; the University will also take disciplinary action for hazing incidents that have a substantial connection to the interests of the University, wherever they occur.

State Law

University Policies

Hazing Violations Within the Last Three Years

In alignment with state law, and to inform students in their choice to join student groups, The University of Texas at Austin publishes and distributes this report of hazing violations and the organizations disciplined.

Available sanctions for organizational discipline are listed in Section 6–506 – Sanctions, in Subchapter 6-500, and defined in Subchapter 6-100 of the Institutional Rules. Information about the mutual agreement process is found in Subsections 6-505(c),(d), and (e) in Subchapter 6-500in the Institutional Rules.

Baptist Student Ministry
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:March 3, 2020
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:January 22, 2020
Date of Report to Institution:January 9, 2020
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:April 26 and 27, 2019
General Description of Hazing Incident:During an off-campus retreat held in the Spring 2019 semester, the Baptist Student Ministry withheld members' access to personal cellular devices for the entirety of the trip. Trip leaders also intentionally left one member's overnight bag in Austin, not knowing whether or not the individual member's medically necessary medication was in the bag or not.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Probation until December 19, 2020; Hazing education for the organization; Presentation regarding educational outcomes to be presented to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
Delta Upsilon
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:December 20, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 12, 2019
Date of Report to Institution:November 12, 2019
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:November 9, 2019
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2019 semester, Delta Upsilon held an off-campus retreat where they subjected new members to calisthenics. The new members were also provided alcohol (beer and liquor) and played a "drinking game" where they collectively consumed two handles of liquor.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing and 6-400 (a)(7) – Alcohol Misconduct
University or Court Findings:Hazing – Calisthenics; Alcohol Misconduct – Providing alcohol to minors
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Probation until May 23, 2021; Hazing education for the chapter; Presentation regarding educational outcomes to be presented to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
Pi Kappa Phi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:October 30, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:June 12, 2019
Date of Report to Institution:June 12, 2019
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, new members: were made to engage in acts of servitude for active members, such as cleaning the house and giving rides to various locations; were driven around, some while having bags placed over their heads, by active members for hours while listening to disturbing, loud music; had to participate in calisthenics and line-ups; required to carry certain items with them; placed in a room in the house referred to as the "Hazement," a small room devoid of light, to complete line-ups and puzzles; were shot with air soft guns; made to ingest gross/unwanted substances including laundry detergent, cat food, and ghost peppers; and subjected to interrogation by active members.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Intimidation; Servitude; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Cancelled, term end date no less than four (4) academic years; probation for two (2) years following reinstatement after cancellation.
Texas Cowboys
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:June 7, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 14, 2018
Date of Report to Institution:November 13, 2018
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:September 29, 2018
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2018 new member retreat, new members were struck by wooden sticks; forced or coerced to ingest unwanted substances such as cat food, Spam, tabasco sauce, garlic, onions, and chug a gallon of milk; coerced to consume alcohol, including those underage; one new member was coerced to bite the head off of a live hamster; forced to participate in various physical activities and calisthenics; experienced degredation; and were required to bring items provided on a shopping list. Other similar acts of hazing, including the incident with the hamster, were confirmed to have also occurred in previous semesters.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Physical Brutality; Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat; Animal Cruelty
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Cancelled, term end date is six (6) years
Delta Kappa Delta
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:May 23, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:April 8, 2019
Date of Report to Institution:April 7, 2019
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:April 2, 2019
General Description of Hazing Incident:The pledge class of Spring 2019 was subjected to late-night meetings and line-ups for recitation that would include a burdensome amount of work in the form of assignments, being yelled at and demeaned by active members when answering oral quizzes incorrectly, and general condescension.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Closed by Delta Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. through at least May 31, 2024; University Probation will be two (2) years from return to active status.
Sigma Alpha Mu
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:May 2, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:September 10, 2018
Date of Report to Institution:September 9, 2018
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:September 5, 2018
General Description of Hazing Incident:In Fall 2018, new member candidates were asked to purchase and carry a bag full of items dictated by active members; required to participate in line-ups inteneded to demean or degrade; engage in acts of servitude; forced to participate in calisthenics; unwanted consumption of a substance such as an entire sheet cake off of the floor; and requiring one new member to stand in a trashcan.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:February 21, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:October 10, 2018
Date of Report to Institution:October 9, 2018
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:October 4, 2018
General Description of Hazing Incident:The Fall 2018 pledge class was subjected to forced consumption of unwanted substances that caused the pledges to vomit, and then were made to clean up the vomit; servitude in the form of cleaning, purchasing e-cigarette cartridges, and providing rides to active members; calisthenics; sleep deprivation due to having to be at the house until midnight or after; lineups intended to intimidate; wearing physically burdensome clothing; and intimidation and coercion to assault an active member, resulting in physical brutality as retaliation.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Physical Brutality; Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years
Texas Rho Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:May 23, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 7, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:November 6, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:November 6, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:During Fall 2017, new members were required to consume alcohol and ingest gross/unwanted substances; required to participate in calisthenics; subjected to physical brutality; engage in boxing/fights; confined to uncomfortable spaces; degraded and demeaned during line-ups; carry school supplies and items in a plastic co-op bag; subjected to servitude such as cleaning the house, running errands, building structures for parties; and required to wear a new member-specific uniform.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Physical Brutality; Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Cancelled, term end date no less than four (4) years.
Alpha Tau Omega
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:April 25, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:December 5, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:December 5, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:December 2, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:Members of the Fall 2017 pledge class were subjected to the forced consumption of alcohol and ingestion of unwanted substances such as cat food, spoiled food, raw onions, and hot sauce; forced calisthenics; physical brutality by way of wooden paddles and electric cattle prods; degradation during line-ups for recitation; as well as servitude in the form of cleaning the house, running errands for active members, and building structures.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Physical Brutality; Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Cancelled, term end date no less than four (4) years

Hazing Violations with Discipline Completed Within the Last Three Years

Kappa Sigma
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:December 10, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 8, 2019
Date of Report to Institution:November 7, 2019
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:November 1, 2019
General Description of Hazing Incident: Servitude - New members were expected to perform acts of servitude for active members when active members would ask for rides to various locations, run errands, or perform favors for them by contacting the Pledge Class President first, who would then reach out to the new members to fulfill those requests.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges: Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings: Hazing – Servitude
University Sanctions or Court Fines: Probation until May 23, 2020; Hazing education for the chapter; Presentation regarding educational outcomes to be presented to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. (Completed May 23, 2020)
Sigma Chi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:February 15, 2019
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:October 17, 2018
Date of Report to Institution:October 11, 2018
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:October 11, 2018
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2018 semster, new members were required to engage in acts of servitude as part of the pledge process, such as giving rides to active members to football games, to go downtown, and to class.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Servitude
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Probation is six (6) months (Completed May 25, 2019)
Phi Kappa Psi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:June 3, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:February 19, 2018
Date of Report to Institution:February 19, 2018
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:Fall 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:The Fall of 2016 pledge class was requireed to participate in "Big Brother Night" in Barksdale, Texas, 189 miles away from Austin, where they experienced forced consumption of alcohol, paddling, calisthenics, confinement to a small space while blindfolded and forced to listen to the same song on repeat for 1-2 hours; required to wear embarrassing clothing; and servitude by cleaning active member's rooms.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Physical Brutality; Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is one and a half (1.5) years (Completed December 3, 2019)
Delta Sigma Phi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:March 29, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:October 31, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:October 27, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:October 27, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:The Fall 2017 new member class was required to engage in calisthenics during mandatory early morning workouts; participate in line-ups and recitations that resulted in degredation and beratement if answered incorrectly; participation in underage drinking; and servitude to active members.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (Completed March 29, 2020)
Gamma Beta
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:February 27, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:October 9, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:October 3, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:September 28, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:The Fall 2017 new member class was subjected to a rigorous course of calisthenics and were punished with additional calisthenics for failing to meet requirements set forth by active members. During one meeting, a new member passed out and was transported to the hospital as a result of the strenuous physical activity.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Suspension (completed December 22, 2018)
Texas Iron Spikes
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:January 24, 2018
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:October 2, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:September 29, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:September 23, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:In the Fall 2017 semester, new members experienced yelling and screaming by active members; were called demeaning names; forced to participate in line-ups conducted by officers that were used for the purposes of interrogating, demeaning, or intimidating; and experienced forced alcohol consumption by active members in leadership positions.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (Completed January 24, 2020)
Undergraduate Business Council
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:November 29, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:July 14, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:July 6, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:Fall 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2015 semester, new members were required to meet in the early morning hours at a random location and asked to bring random objects, were blindfolded, and foced to consume food and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as perform calisthenics.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (completed November 29, 2019)
Kappa Alpha Order
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:August 18, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:March 3, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:March 3, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:March 2, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:In the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, new members were lined up and encouraged to consume alcohol as part of initiation into a subset group called "punch crew," were encouraged to bring special items for the consumption/use of active members in order to gain favor, and required to participate in calisthenics.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (completed August 18, 2019)
Omega Phi Gamma
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:August 16, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 17, 2016
Date of Report to Institution:November 16, 2016
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:November 15, 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:During the Fall 2016 semester, new members were deprived from eating, drinking, and sleeping on one or more occasion(s); new members were required to fight other new members; were forced to participate in calisthenics; forced to wear embarrassing clothing, and forfeit their phones and wallets during "Hell Week."
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (completed August 16, 2019
Delta Chi
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:June 14, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:March 1, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:February 28, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:August 1, 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:In the Fall of 2016, new members were made to participate in calisthenics, a scavenger hunt involving travel to another city, line-ups conducted by officers, and were isolated for the purpose of demeaning or intimidating.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (completed June 14, 2019)
Texas Royals
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:May 19, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:April 19, 2017
Date of Report to Institution:April 11, 2017
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:April 11, 2017
General Description of Hazing Incident:In Spring of 2017, new members were coerced by active members to consume alcohol during a barge party, and were threatened that they would not be initiated if they did not participate in the consumption of alcohol.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Probation is one (1) year (completed May 19, 2018)
Undergraduate Business Council
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:January 30, 2017
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:September 16, 2016
Date of Report to Institution:September 16, 2016
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:September 12, 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:During Fall 2016, active members subjected potential new members to inappropriate interrogation, mocking, disruption, and asked potential members to act out creature noises and characters unrelated to the application process.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Probation is one (1) year (completed December 23, 2017)
Alpha Sigma Rho
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:August 29, 2016
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:April 22, 2016
Date of Report to Institution:April 21, 2016
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:April 20, 2016
General Description of Hazing Incident:In the Spring of 2016, new members were forced to participate in calisthenics; coerced into consuming alcoholic beverages; yelled and screamed at by active members; were called demeaning names; were sleep deprived; blind-folded and transported to an off-campus location; and forced to particpate in line-ups used to intimidate new members.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics; Consumption of Food/Liquid/Alcohol; Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years, plus one year administrative extension (completed August 19, 2019)
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:May 18, 2016
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:November 10, 2015
Date of Report to Institution:November 9, 2015
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:Fall 2015
General Description of Hazing Incident:New members expereienced yelling and screaming by active members, being called demeaning names, required to wear embarassing or uncomfortable clothing, servitude, interrogation, sleep deprivation, blind-folded transportation off campus, were physically contacted by active members in such a way to show their weakness, and participated in lineups to demean or intimidate.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Mental Health Threat
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Suspended by Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. through May 31, 2017; conditional registration is two (2) years (administrative extension to May 23, 2020) (Completed May 23, 2020)
Gamma Beta
Date of Conduct Process Resolution or Court Conviction:November 30, 2015
Date Conduct Investigation Initiated:March 6, 2015
Date of Report to Institution:February 20, 2015
Date of Hazing Incident or Citation:February 20, 2015
General Description of Hazing Incident:Required new members to participate in physically strenuous activities, ultimately resulting in one new member being hospitalized due to exhaustion.
Rules Violations or Criminal Charges:Violation of Rule 6-400 (a)(6)- Hazing
University or Court Findings:Hazing - Calisthenics
University Sanctions or Court Fines:Conditional registration is two (2) years (completed November 20, 2017)