By Bill O’Neil
The Texas Senate has passed a bill designed to crack down on hazing at Texas colleges and universities.
“Hazing has no place on Texas campuses, especially because it inflicts such harmful mental and physical trauma on students” said State Senator Judith Zaffirini who sponsored the bill.
Current law omits some acts most people would agree are hazing. Zaffirini’s bill clarifies the definition of hazing and includes the coerced use of alcohol or drugs, as well as hazing rituals that would require pledges to break State law.
The bill also allows immunity from prosecution for people who voluntarily report hazing and cooperate with an investigation.