Hazing

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SAY NO TO HAZING We encourage students to that advantage of the many opportunities for getting involved in campus activities while at UTEP.  There are several benefits of being involved in campus organizations such as being part of a community, establishing friendships, networking with local business leaders and developing leadership skills.  Unfortunately, some students experience hazing during the process of joining or being involved in a student group.  At UTEP, hazing is expressly prohibited in accordance with state law, Regents’ Rules and Regulations ,and the University’s Handbook of Operating Procedures and the UTEP Course Catalog
Hazing with or without the consent of a student whether on or off campus is prohibited, and a violation renders the person inflicting the hazing, the organization with which the offenders are affiliated, and the person submitting to the hazing subject to discipline.  The University regards any form of hazing as a major violation. Any individual and/or any registered student organization participating or involved in hazing activities will be held responsible for those actions (and may result in criminal sanctions or penalties).
It is important to understand that a person can commit a hazing offense both by engaging in the activity and by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding or attempting to aid another engaging in hazing; by intentionally knowingly, or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or failing to report to the appropriate university officials first-hand knowledge that a hazing incident is planned or has occurred.
Although most people associate hazing with Greek Life organizations, research has found that hazing also occurs on athletic teams (men and women), within performing arts organizations (university bands), academic clubs and honor societies as well as service organizations.
If you or a friend is being hazed, please contact the Office of Student Life at (915) 747-5648, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at (915) 747-7482 or the UTEP Police Department at (915) 747-5611.  If you and/or your friend are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 immediately.