Texas Education Code

Sec. § 37.155
Immunity From Prosecution or Civil Liability Available


In the prosecution of an offense under this subchapter, the court may grant immunity from prosecution for the offense to each person who is subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution and who does testify for the prosecution.


Any person who voluntarily reports a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution to the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution is immune from civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed as a result of the reported hazing incident if the person:


reports the incident before being contacted by the institution concerning the incident or otherwise being included in the institution’s investigation of the incident; and


as determined by the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution designated by the institution, cooperates in good faith throughout any institutional process regarding the incident.


Immunity under Subsection (b) extends to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report.


A person is not immune under Subsection (b) if the person:


reports the person’s own act of hazing; or


reports an incident of hazing in bad faith or with malice.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1371 (S.B. 38), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

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