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Texas Senate Passes Senator Zaffirini’s Anti-Hazing Legislation

Senator  Judith Zaffirini takes a stand against hazing on campuses. She holds holds a  B.S., M.A. and Ph.D .degree from The University of Texas at Austin, is a champion for students at colleges and universities throughout Texas.

Senator Judith Zaffirini takes a stand against hazing on campuses. She holds holds a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D .degree from The University of Texas at Austin, is a champion for students at colleges and universities throughout Texas.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: UTPB has no reports of hazing. However, this is becoming a concern nationally on some campuses.

(AUSTIN) — On May 9, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 50 by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, which would help combat the serious problem of hazing at colleges and universities. More than 60 students have died in fraternity-related incidents nationwide since 2005.

“Hazing has no place on Texas campuses, especially because it inflicts such harmful mental and physical trauma on students,” Senator Zaffirini said. “SB 50 would help stop this serious offense by clarifying the ambiguous definition of hazing in Texas law and fix other statutory defects that impede prosecution.”

Current law omits some acts that most people would agree are acts of hazing, including actions that threaten students with ostracization, mental stress, shame or humiliation. SB 50 would clarify the definition of hazing and ensure it includes the coerced use of alcohol or drugs and hazing rituals that require pledges to break state law.

What’s more, it would update venue provisions and clarify that a person may be granted immunity from prosecution if he or she voluntarily reports hazing before being part of an investigation and cooperates throughout the investigation of a hazing incident.

“By clarifying and reforming the statute to facilitate prosecution of hazing offenses, SB 50 would help ensure that this state’s college campuses remain environments that promote community, citizenship, and learning,” Senator Zaffirini said.

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  1. June E Renvall on May 12th, 2017 2:29 am

    I am a working woman, nearly 65, who was recently hazed by a BSF bible study group in North Dakota. This organization is based in Texas. It’s shameful on their part, so I did report it to my local minister. There have been 3 suicides known to me that I believe happened because of negative gossip about the people the victims cared for over the years. The gossip was unfounded, but social hazing and pressures can be intense. How can legislation like this impact the behavior of a group that can’t see what it is doing? I consider myself a true Christian in that I don’t judge others and believe we should help people of all kinds. My family is born in the line of Christ. But when I mentioned helping an individual with an alcohol problem they jumped all over me, very unchristian behavior. Hazing is used in more than just schools.

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