It is no secret that when an incident of hazing surfaces at Texas A&M, students are quick to point fingers. Under the pretense of staying in line with their values and mission, one group on campus has recently been recognized for a history of “testing” their subordinates. Indeed, it is a little known fact that professors are responsible for the vast majority of hazing incidents on campus.
Fortunately, armed with Student Rule 24.4.5, Texas A&M University will issue swift justice to prevent this organization from committing further harm. The charges range from assigning a malicious burden of work, to using a point system that can demerit the students in the course.
Students across campus have come forward with reports like those of chemistry Professor Albert Johnson, charged with conduct unbecoming, physical abuse, hazing, and creating activities so time consuming that his students missed scheduled classes to complete it. One brave student filed charges after Johnson refused to take late work from students, and later assigned work that was not listed on the syllabus.
“The assignment was impossible to do the night before. I had to skip my classes that morning to complete it,” read the report.
On West Campus, allegations of depriving students of sufficient sleep, causing psychological harm and substantial emotional strain, have surfaced within the College of Biomedical Science. One professor even corrected a student who gave a wrong answer to a question in class.
“It caused me to be embarrassed by my actions. I honestly do not even know if I’ll be able to go back to that class again,” said the unnamed victim who came forward. “To be corrected like that in front of everyone…it was such a powerful microaggression.”
Despite these horrors, the worst reports so far have been those filed against professors in the College of Engineering. Charges brought forward include students reporting that their professors have caused them to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, deprived them of a normal level of bodily cleanliness, and inhibited their ability to develop simple social skills with others due to excessive course loads.
As more charges are brought to the surface, only time will tell just how many things can be classified as hazing.
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