History of Hazing at Texas A&M?

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Does Texas A&M have a problem with hazing? At one time, the county's top prosecutor seemed to think so.

In 2003, while testifying in a civil trial, former Brazos County Attorney Jim Kuboviak said Texas A&M University's past administration wasn't committed to stopping hazing.

Kuboviak said a former Corps of Cadets Commandant and Vice President of Student Affairs were not cooperative in his investigations. Since then, new leaders are filling both university positions, but the hazing accusations haven't stopped.

It's only been three years since an alleged hazing incident within Parson's Mounted Cavalry, has been laid to rest.

In April 2002, cavalry members were accused of beating other students with ax handles and using horse manure and water on students who misbehaved.

By October, Corps of Cadets Commandant John Van Alstyne suspended the entire cavalry unit.

The case was handed over to then Brazos County Attorney Jim Kuboviak. After a five month investigation Kuboviak did not file criminal charges.

A year later 23 students sued Texas A&M and won when they claimed their right to due process was violated when they were punished by the school. An appeals court later threw the case out, in 2006.

The same year accusations were made against the cavalry, another division of the corps, the Aggie band was also disciplined for hazing. Pictures surfaced of naked cadets, bound with duct tape. University police charged members with unbecoming conduct.

Two years later, Corps hazing was back in the spotlight, after University Police received calls about seven people carrying a duct-taped body around the dorms. That cadet received eight stitches on his finger, because of a gash received while being cut loose from the duct tape.

At Texas A&M, allegations of hazing are not limited to the corps.

In 2004, fraternity Delta Sigma Phi was put on probation for forcing alcohol consumption to the point of intoxication, kidnapping and dropping students off in a deserted area of town, and humiliating and degrading activities.

Two years later, in 2006, the Aggie Wranglers were punished in part for blindfolding new members and driving them to undisclosed locations. The organization was put on probation for one year, and an annual trip was cancelled.

The same year, fraternity Pi Kappa Phi was disciplined for providing alcohol to minors, and forcing members to eat odd foods.

While the list of hazing incidents is long, its unclear if another will soon be added.

In August of 1984, a 20-year-old corps member died after what was called a "motivational workout".

Three cadets pleaded guilty to hazing and received 90 days deferred adjudication. Another corps member was expelled after he was found guilty of tampering with evidence in the case.

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