Hazing Costs Saddle Tramps Funding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/29/06

Hazing Costs Saddle Tramps Funding

Hazing will cost a Texas Tech spirit organization funding for the next three years.

NewsChannel 11 first told you about the investigation in January. That's when the saddle tramps were first put on temporary suspension for a possible hazing violation. Members reportedly encouraged new members to come to an induction ceremony at the bell tower dressed in costume. The group also apparently violated some alcohol policies.

Bryan Hughes, a member of the advisory committee, says the student judicial programs director has now decided to put the Saddle Tramps on deferred disciplinary suspension for eighteen months. Hughes says during that time the Tramps will not receive funding from the Student Government Association. That amount is around $9,000 per year. That decision is on appeal. Members will remain active, however, their activities will be closely monitored by administrators. The Saddle Tramps must also document all hazing education.

The hazing incident has also been turned over to the District's Attorney's office. No charges have been filed.

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