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Texas Targets Hazing

Wanda Mercer has heard enough.

The associate vice chancellor for student affairs for the University of Texas, Mercer backs the May launch of a task force deigned to reduce hazing and binge drinking.

“Frankly, they (university officials) were concerned for student safety and wanted to know if the UT system is doing everything it could to protect its students,” Mercer said.

According to a national survey, more than 50 percent of students belonging to college clubs, teams, or organizations endangered themselves to gain acceptance.

“In almost every case, it’s when a student is trying to become a member of a group,” Mercer said.

Along with the task force, UT must have a zero tolerance policy relevant to hazing. Said policy could bring legal action and suspensions.

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