New Membership Meeting
Greek Life New Member Education Regulations

1. Students wishing to participate in the new member process must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.), may not be on academic or disciplinary probation, and must be making satisfactory progress toward their degrees as defined by the Registrar’s Office.
2. A student must have completed at least 12 academic credit hours at HPU to participate in new member education. Students who have graduated high school within six (6) months of the start of a new member process may not participate in that semester’s new member education process.
3. Transfer students meeting minimum standards may begin the new member education process but may not hold office until completion of one semester. Standards include the completion of at least 12 verifiable academic credit hours at another institution (not dual credit from high school) with at least a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A.
4. Provisional students who wish to join a Greek organization must receive written permission from the head of the Provisional Program prior to participating in any new member education activities.
5. Organizations are required to certify that all new members qualify in every way. They are to submit a New Member Roster Form to the Director of Student Activities for final certification of eligibility, along with a signed Greek Life New Member Form for each
prospective new member. Improper certification of a new member may result in sanctions against the organization.
6. New member education will be restricted to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday.
7. New member education activities, either group or individual, will not be allowed in classes.
8. New member education activities are not allowed in Chapel/Student Assembly.
9. New member education activities are not allowed in the cafeteria.
10. New member education activities should not exceed six (6) weeks in length. The new member education period may be shorter than six (6) weeks.
11. Organization presidents, new member educators, and advisors must collaboratively complete and submit a New Member Education Proposal that explains the
organization’s events and policies to the Director of Student Activities.
12. Prior to participating in the new member education process, prospective new members must attend a mandatory meeting coordinated by the Director of Student Activities where these guidelines will be explained.
13. New Members who do not complete the new member education process must meet with the Director of Student Activities and take their names off the chapter’s roster.
14. Students may not begin the new member process with more than one organization within the same semester.
15. Students who discontinue new membership education at any point during the process may not go through the process with another organization for one full calendar year.
16. New members who are initiated into one Local Greek organization may not join another Local Greek organization at HPU.

Prohibition of Hazing

Under state law, individuals and/or organizations engaging in hazing could be subject to fines and charged with a criminal offense. Under HPU policy, individuals and/or organizations engaging in hazing may be subject to disciplinary sanctions including expulsion.

Important Definitions from Texas Law, Education Code Sec. 37.151 (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

"Pledge" means any person who has been accepted by, is considering an offer of membership from, or is in the process of qualifying for membership in an organization.

"Pledging" means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization.

"Student" means any person who:
A) is registered in or in attendance at an educational institution;
B) has been accepted for admission at the educational institution where the hazing incident occurs; or
C) intends to attend an educational institution during sny of its regular sessions after a period of scheduled vacation.

“Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or student government, a band or musical group or an academic, athletic, cheerleading, or dance team, including any group or team that participates in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition, or a service, social, or similar group, whose members are primarily students.

“Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization if the act:
A) is any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
B) involves sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other similar activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
C) involves consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance, other than as described by Paragraph (E), that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
D) is any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code; or
E) involves coercing, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code, the student to consume: a drug; or an alcoholic beverage or liquor in an amount that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student is intoxicated, as defined by Section 49.01, Penal Code.

According to the law, a person can commit a hazing offense not only by engaging in a hazing activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding, or attempting to aid another in hazing; by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by failing to report in writing to the Dean of Students knowledge that a hazing incident is planned or has occurred (see Sec. 37.152).

An organization commits a hazing offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the
organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing (see Sec. 37.153).

A person’s consent to a hazing activity does not legalize and legitimize the activities (see Sec. 37.154).

In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event to the Dean of Students and immunizes that person from participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from that report. The penalty for failure to report is a fine of up to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both. Penalties for other hazing offenses vary according to the severity of the injury which results and includes fines from $4,500 to $10,000 and/or confinement for up to two years. The law does not affect or in any way restrict the right of the University to enforce its own rules against hazing.

Howard Payne provides an anonymous hazing submission form for students to report incidents to the Director of Student Activities.

Copies of the entire hazing bill enacted by the Texas legislature are available from the Office of Student Life or the hazing bill may be viewed in its entirety at the “Texas Legislature Online” website at:

The hazing bill is found in the Texas Education
Code, Chapter 37, sections 37.151 through 37.158.

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