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The Constitution of the

Texas Lassos
The Preamble
We, the founders of Texas Lassos at the University of Texas at Austin, in order to form the best
organization on campus, legislative positions, terms and consequences of membership, and rights
among members, do ordain and establish this constitution for the Texas Lassos.
Article I Purpose
Texas Lassos shall be classified as a service organization at The University of Texas at Austin.
The organization shall strive to promote spirit, service, and social activities to all members while
fostering friendship, leadership, and cooperation to the University and the community.
Article II The Legislative Article
Legislative Power
Section 1
All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in those members that are justly elected into
the executive board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Communication and Promotion Specialist (CP), Special Events Coordinator (SEC), Historian,
Sergeant at Arms, Pledge Educator, and Philanthropy Chair.
Executive Board: Composition, Qualification, Apportionment, Impeachment Power
Section 2
The executive board of Texas Lassos shall be composed every year. New offices may be created
if deemed necessary by of the Executive Board. Current Executive Board positions that must
be fulfilled by only one member include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Historian, and Sergeant at Arms. All other Executive Board positions may be fulfilled by two
members in a co-officer situation. These include Communication and Promotion Specialist (CP),
Special Events Coordinator (SEC), Philanthropy Chair, and Pledge Educator.
Those seeking and holding office shall have organizational skills, leadership abilities, and those
personal qualities desired in an officer. The officer must not be on financial, social, or spirit
review, meet the GPA requirement herein, have no more than one unexcused absence within the
previous semester, and must be willing to serve the position elected. No person shall be elected
who has a criminal record or bad standing with the members. When an officer can no longer
fulfill the elected position, the executive board shall appoint a member to serve the remainder of
that term. A majority of the executive board must agree on that person.

Elections shall occur at the end of a spring semester as designated by the President. Voting will
be confidential in written ballot form. To be placed in office, the nominee must have at least one
vote more than her opponent(s). In the case of a tie, those top candidates shall have a run-off in
the following meeting. All members shall be informed of the tie-holders and shall vote in
writing that members name that she wishes to place into office.
Impeachment of an executive board member shall occur when of all members submit a written
request of impeachment. This report shall have details whereas the officer in question broke an
oath herein. Impeachment proceedings shall be dealt with in an organized manner. Once a report
has been submitted to all members, it must be signed by those members one week after its
original submission. Those members wishing to impeach an officer must elect a representative to
summarize the complaints. That summary is to be handed over to the Sergeant at Arms who then
shall present the proposal to the Executive Board. A majority of the Executive Board must vote
in favor of impeaching that officer. The officer in question cannot attend this meeting.
Replacement of an impeached officer shall be dealt with as seen in vacancies in Executive
Board. Should the Sergeant at Arms be the officer in question, the Vice President should present
to the Executive Board.
Executive Board Composition: Qualifications
Section 3
The position of President shall be filled by that person who has been an active member for three
consecutive semesters, classified no less than a sophomore by academic hours, active
participation within the organization, held an elected Chair (Service, Spirit or Social) or
Executive position for two semesters prior to seeking presidential office and have at least a 2.5
accumulative GPA.
A person who has been an active member for at least one semester, classified no less than a
sophomore by academic hours, and active participation within the organization shall fill the
position of Vice President. She must also have at least a 2.5 accumulative GPA.
The position of Secretary shall be filled by a person who has been an active member for at least
one semester, at least a 2.0 accumulative GPA, active participation within the organization, and
good typing skills. In addition, a Corresponding Secretary may be appointed at her discretion.
That person appointed shall have no executive power.
The position of Treasurer shall be filled by a person who has been an active member for at least
one semester, at least a 2.0 accumulative GPA, active participation within the organization, and
who has good banking knowledge. She must familiarize herself with The University of Texas
student organization banking system at least one week before taking office.
The position of Communication and Promotion Specialist (CP) shall be filled by a person who
has been an active member for at least one semester, a 2.0 or better accumulative GPA, active
participation within the organization, and knowledge of creating and maintaining a webpage and
a listserv.

A person who has been an active member for at least one semester, who has maintained active
participation within the organization, and a minimum 2.0 accumulative GPA shall fill the
position of Special Events Coordinator (SEC).
A person who demonstrates exceptional creativity, active participation within the organization,
has been an active member for at least one semester, a minimum 2.0 accumulative GPA, and
have access to a camera shall fill the position of Historian.
A person shall fill the position of Sergeant at Arms, who has been an active member for at least
one semester, active participation within the organization, and a minimum 2.0 accumulative
GPA. She must also demonstrate exceptional knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
The position of Pledge Educator shall be filled by a person who has been an active member for at
least two semesters, minimum 2.0 GPA, an active participant within the organization, and has
held an elected Chair or Executive position for at least one semester prior to seeking office.
The position of Philanthropy Chair shall be filled by a person who has been an active member
for at least one semester, who has maintained active participation within the organization, and a
minimum 2.0 accumulative GPA.
*An active member is defined as a Lasso who has already completed her pledge semester.
** If running for an executive position, the Lasso must have at least 2 semesters left as in Lassos
***Any inactive Lasso is allowed to participate in elections and run for any executive position,
not including the office of President.
Executive Board Elections: Times, Places, Manner
Section 4
Elections shall take place every year during the spring semester at a regularly scheduled meeting
two meetings prior to the last meeting. All members must be notified one week in advance as to
the time and place of elections. Those chosen to serve on the executive board shall take office
immediately after being elected. All inactive members at the time of elections are not eligible to
vote in elections, regardless of whether that person is running in the election.
Executive Board elections shall be held when a majority of the members are present. The first
proceeding is an executive request sign-up. This sign-up sheet shall be available at least one
week before the actual election, expiring at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before elections are held.
The candidates have this period to prepare campaign and win over members. For that period, the
Executive Board currently in office must check the members qualifications. Candidates must
speak with the current executive member prior to election. Those signed up shall be required to
present themselves at the proceeding meeting. At this meeting the candidate may perform a short
speech giving her reasons for seeking office. In event of a candidate's absence, an appointed
representative may make a speech for the candidate. Speeches cannot exceed two minutes.
All candidates running for the office of President will have the opportunity to drop down to one
other executive position to run for in the event they are not elected to the office of President.
The alternative position can be any other executive position and must be disclosed to the current

President by the deadline for all executive nominations. The choice to drop down and alternative
selection shall not be revealed by the President to general membership. All nominees shall
prepare speeches in the event of a position no longer being unopposed. The election for
President shall be held first. All ballots will then be counted and the new President shall be
announced. The order of electing officers shall then follow this Constitution starting from the
Pledge Educator and ending with the Vice President. The President shall be in charge of
conducting all officer positions and four outgoing executive members shall be responsible for
counting the votes and the President shall announce the winner. If not applicable, counting
procedures will be left to the discretion of the current President. All votes shall be confidential
and recorded in written form. Each member gets one vote per office and no vote shall have more
weight than another. If all positions are not filled, further actions are at the discretion of current
Executive Board.
Conduct for Elections/Campaigns
Candidates will not bash other candidates during elections/campaigns
Only verbal support for other candidates will be permitted. (This includes, but is not
limited to: posters, pins, emails, etc.)
Candidates are permitted to send emails on the listserv over their platforms, limit two per
position. (Emails must be labeled NL, Non Lasso)
Election/Campaign spending is limited to $20
Powers and Duties of Executive Board Members
Section 5
All officers shall have the power to appoint special committees for specific events (including a
committee chair). Should the officers not come to an agreement towards a membership, the
President shall have the final word on accepting or not accepting the candidate. All officers are
responsible for training their successor.
The President shall preside over meetings, call meetings not previously scheduled, supervise all
officers ensuring each fulfills her duties, and be responsible for scheduling weekly officer
meetings, as needed. She also has the final word on deciding how many members will be
accepted per semester. In addition, she shall inform all members of special events and decide if
unscheduled events shall require the organizations involvement.
The Vice President shall perform all presidential functions in the absence of the President, act as
an in-between for members, chairs, and executive members, determine the number of service
hours required per semester, and submit evaluations of the Treasurers performance, as needed.
The Vice President will also record tardiness and excused and unexcused absences from
regularly scheduled group meetings. It is her responsibility to honor the absentee system outlined
below in Article III, Consequences of Membership- Absences. In addition, it is her responsibility
to conduct biannual reviews, which evaluate each members activity as an active Lasso. This
review shall be conducted at the end of each semester and shall follow the guidelines under
Article V; Section 5- Membership Review by the Executive Board. The Vice President is also
responsible for alumni relations.

The Secretary shall record and post minutes from weekly meetings and officers meetings on the
organizations listserv and answer questions regarding the most recent minutes at every meeting.
She must also be responsible for thank you notes and letters of recognition.
The Treasurer shall keep an accurate log of all incoming and outgoing money, keep all receipts
from money spent, present a weekly Treasurers report at meetings, submit an accurate
Treasurers report to the bank for student organizations, and be responsible for the collection of
dues and designated payment options. The Treasurer shall be responsible for compiling a
tentative budget prior to the beginning of each semester based on a written wish list from each
executive and committee. The Executive Board shall approve the final budget complied by the
Treasurer. She shall also have the power to call a special officers meeting to approve the
allocation of money not documented in a committees original report.
The Communication and Promotion Specialist (CP) shall be responsible for creating and
maintaining the organization's social media and webpage. She will also be responsible for
organizing tabling for Recruitment and making brochures. She must also be responsible for
advertising events of the organization around the community and campus. In addition, she is
responsible for official Lasso products (i.e. marketing shirts, tumblers, game day dresses, tote
bags, ect.) Finally, she is responsible for filing new Swing Out applications yearly, at the
Executive Boards discretion.
The Special Events Coordinator (SEC) shall organize special events for the organization as a
whole. Such events may include Retreat, Banquet, Parents Weekend, Moms Weekend, Dads
Day, and Alumni Weekend.
The Historian shall pictorially document all Lassos functions or shall delegate someone to do so.
She must present a compilation of these photos to all members by the first meeting of the
following semester. In addition, she will organize the official Lasso picture every semester.
The Sergeant at Arms must see that meetings run smoothly. She is also responsible for
overseeing conduct at official Lassos events, coordinating the Legal Lasso shifts, and shall have
the power to administer any consequence voted on by the executive board. She is also
responsible for making sure the safety and hazing policies of the University are met by the
The Pledge Educator is responsible for training all pledges. She must coordinate recruitment
events and Rodeo, and include within the activities a philanthropy, social, service, and spirit day
within the pledge-training time frame of one week. Also, she must inform all members of pledge
events and include all members within the pledge selection process. She must make all call backs
and/or designate a special committee to help with the pledge training process (not including
interviews). It is also her responsibility to organize sisterhood and big/little sister events, and to
coordinate initiation.
See Philanthropy section under Section IV for Philanthropy Chair Requirements.

Members of the Executive Board, Chairs, and appointed representatives may be required to
attend executive meetings at the discretion of the President. Executive Board members are
required to strongly consider the opinions of Chair members when the Executive Board votes.
Members of the Executive Board may be required to participate in a vote when making changes
to the Constitution or the organization. Voting should take place when quorum has been met
consisting of two-thirds of the Executive Board.
Members of the executive board may be asked to participate in a discussion regarding a tie
incurred at the time of ballot counting to accept new pledges at Rodeo. The four officers allowed
in the room during the counting of ballots are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Pledge Educator. Should a tie occur, all executive members present will be brought into the
room to discuss what to do regarding the tie using only the numbers (votes) involved. Individual
names should NOT be disclosed at any time. The executive board will then take a vote. The
president will still retain the final word on deciding how many members will be accepted per
semester, as stated above under the duties and powers of the president.
Article III Chairpersons
Chairpersons: Composition, Qualification, Duties
Section 1
The organization shall have chairpersons for T-shirt, fundraising, service, spirit, and social
functions. Those serving as a chairperson shall have no executive power. Those seeking a
position as a chairperson may also hold an executive board position. The term for membership as
a chairperson shall be one semester.
Qualifications of Chairpersons
Section 2
Members who meet all qualifications of the organization membership stated herein shall have the
power to run for Chair positions. In addition, all members seeking a position as a Chairperson
must sign up at least one week prior to seeking the position, must have twelve in residence hours
at The University of Texas at Austin, and may give a short speech, no more than two minutes,
prior to being elected. In the event that Chair can no longer fill her position during the semester
in office, the Executive Board must appoint a member to serve the remainder of that term.
Chairpersons may hold more than one Chair position in a semester, if needed.
Service Chairs: Must have a strong desire to serve in both Lassos, and the surrounding
community. She must have completed her service hour requirements from her previous semester.
Must be organized, and reliable to: compile a list of possible service events every week along
with communicating with outside organizations to set up possible service events. She is also in
charge of organizing SURE walk opportunities. Finally, she is in charge of organizing Service
Mixers with other organizations. She must have completed all service hours during the semester
prior to seeking office.
Spirit Chairs: Must have completed all spirit credits during the previous semester. Must go
above and beyond the expectations of a spirited Longhorn. She must have completed her service
hour requirements from her previous semester. She will organize Intramural Sports with out

organizations along with tailgates. She will also be responsible for organizing a lot of other spirit
events (i.e. sporting fellow Lassos, supporting other spirit groups, ect.) This list is approved at
the discretion of the executive board. Lastly she will also plan Family Fun Days.
Social Chairs: A person who not only has exceptional social skills but also is organize and
responsible. This position require planning mixers for the entire organization. In attrition, she is
also responsible for planning the official lassos events for semester (i.e. Crust, semi-formal,
formal, Shoot Out, Mugdown). That person elected should be energetic and will to attend and
plan all social events.
T-shirt Chairs: They are responsible for designing the organizations event related shirts, collect
payment, and distribute them at meeting.
Fundraising Chairs: They must have completed all fundraising money for the semester prior to
her election. She is responsible for organizing fundraisers for the members and easing the burden
of the fundraising component each semester.
**Any inactive Lasso is allowed to participate in elections and run for any executive position,
not including the office of President.
Board of Activity: Chair Expectations
Section 3
It is the Chairs responsibility to compile a proposed budget where she puts in writing those
activities that she wishes for her committee to spend money on. The proposed budget shall be
handed over to the Treasure who is responsible for allocating money to the Chairs by creating a
budget, which the Executive Board will review and approve.
Each Chairperson is responsible for assigning the appropriate attire for her respective events. She
must inform the organization at least one week in advance about the assigned attire.
In the event of dissention regarding a special event, the respective Chairperson shall decide if the
event is to be counted towards requirements.
Article IV Terms of Membership
GPA and Classification, Applicant Process, Rights
Section 1
Those persons selected to become active Lassos must have a minimum 2.0 accumulative GPA at
The University of Texas at Austin, or a 2.75 GPA from their high school if classified as a first
semester freshman at The University. Those seeking membership must be classified as a fulltime student at The University of Texas at Austin and have at least 2 semesters left as an
Those selected must also turn in a completed application by the given deadline, must be able to
attend at least one information session, must also be available for an interview, must be present
for all Rodeo functions (or give at least 24 hour notice of an absence), must be in attendance at

every pledge and general meeting barring extenuating circumstance (24 notice must be given to
Pledge Educator) and must be in attendance at every semesters retreat. In addition, those
selected to become a Lasso must attend an initiation ceremony where installation as an active
Lasso is conducted. If the member fails to attend Initiation for any reason she will not be
initiated until the following initiation ceremony. In addition, she will be considered a pledge
during the following semester and therein fulfill pledge duties. She must also stay active the
semester after being a Lass.
The member shall remain active after her initiation until her undergraduate graduation given that
she follows and honors the rules set herein. If a pledge does not fulfill all pledge requirements as
outlined in Section 4 she will be asked to repeat the following pledge process and be held
accountable for all unfulfilled requirements.
Section 2
Those selected and initiated, as active Lassos are responsible for paying each semesters dues by
the deadline set by the Treasurer and the Lasso Money Policy found in Appendix One. Dues
should be collected at the second or third general meeting of the semester. Pledge dues should be
collected at the second or third general meeting following the completion of Rodeo. If dues are
not paid as outlined in the Money Policy, the Lasso will be put on review. Should a Lasso go
inactive during a semester they must do so by a date set by the Vice President. If inactive status
is not declared by the official deadline and the full dues amount has not yet been paid for, the
Lasso will be responsible for paying what is left of the total amount of dues minus what has
already been paid when they return as an active Lasso.
Active Dues shall include, but are not limited to: Lasso Retreat, Lasso Initiation, and other
various Lasso functions. Pledge Dues shall include, but are not limited to: Lasso Retreat, Lasso
Initiation, other various Lasso functions, the official uniform top, official tee-shirt, and official
belt buckle.
Member Requirements
Section 3
The Texas Lassos classification as a Service organization requires members to fulfill 15 service
hours per semester, excluding their semester as a Lass, wherein 20 hours are required.
Seventy-five percent of the total hours must come from those service projects that the Service
Chair has approved and classified as Lasso projects and twenty-five percent of the total hours
can be outside of those approved by the Service Chair. What constitutes as a credit will be
determined by the Service Chair. Three philanthropy credits are also required. What the credit is
for that semester will be determined by the Philanthropy Chair, and will count towards service
Lasso projects are those planned by the organization or any service activity performed by 4 or
more members.

When a member does not meet the above requirements, she shall be put on review by the
Executive Board.
Texas Lassos are also required to attend 6 UT athletic events per semester, excluding Lasses,
who are only required to attend 4. Playing IM sports constitutes 1 spirit credit and watching IM
events constitutes a spirit credit. Only 2 hours per semester may be obtained from watching
IM sports. a spirit credit will be given for supporting Lassos in the Arts, with a maximum of 2
Spirit hours can be obtained in this manner.
The Executive Board must approve any changes of requirements proposed by the Service and
Spirit Chairs.
Each member is also required to participate in recruitment events. One info session, one meet
and greet, and 2 tabling hours are mandatory for every semester unless an alternative is discussed
with the Communications and Promotions Specialist.
Section 4
As of Fall 2012, Texas Lassos adopted Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT)
as our official philanthropy. We will continue to serve DSACT through an annual monetary
donation, onsite service work, and promotional and philanthropic events. The Philanthropy
Chairperson(s) will be elected by general membership during spring elections to head all
DSACT activities.
Pledge Requirement Specifications
Section 5
All pledges must adhere to the above terms of membership, along with the following pledge
20 service hours
4 UT athletic event credits
Absences of no more than 2 pledge meetings
10 Lassos Dates (one each week she is a Lass)
All pledges should constantly be working towards becoming active members of the organization
and should act accordingly. Pledges will not receive active status until all above requirements are
Senior Clause
Section 6
All seniors in their last active/graduating semester with lassos who also have senior status with
the University are eligible for the senior clause to apply regarding membership requirements in
their final semester. These requirements vary from those of a general active member of the
organization and must adhere to the following specifications:
10 service hours
o 7 lasso hours, 3 non-lasso hours
4 spirit credits

2 philanthropy credit

Resigning Membership
Section 7
Any member who can no longer fulfill the duties of an active Lasso or wishes to become inactive
Inform the Vice President by telephone or email at least one week before becoming
Give a reason for choosing to become inactive
Be willing to actively participate in majority of events
The member shall not receive any refunds
Any member may remain inactive for two consecutive semesters and return to the organization.
In the event that she wishes to return to the organization after this period, or did not complete the
proper procedure to become inactive, she must complete all processes as seen in Article IV,
Section 1, Terms of Membership.
Article V - Consequences of Membership
Abiding by the Constitution
Section 1
All members take the Lasso oath to this Constitution and shall be responsible for fulfilling the
duties of an active Lasso as stated herein. Failure to fulfill these duties shall result in the
termination of membership by the Executive Board, or a subsequent penalty as outlined
below Section 4, Summary of Consequences, to be assigned at the Post Review.
Absences from Regularly Scheduled Group Meetings
Section 2
The organization shall not promote absences. In the event that a member cannot attend a meeting
of the organization, she must contact the organizations Vice President. Failure to give the
required 24-hour notice shall be dealt with at the discretion of the Vice President. Person will be
placed on review, and therefore probation as described in Section 4, Summary of Consequences.
All members shall strive to have no unexcused absences during the semester. The organization
shall permit four absences allowed all semester. Mandatory events include all general meetings,
retreat, initiation, one info session, one meet and greet, and three nights of Rodeo. Only
documented excuses sent to the Vice President prior to the absence can be used to appeal should
more than 4 absences occur.
Membership Review given by the Executive Board
Section 3
All members shall be given a review at the completion of each semester. Although the Vice
President is in charge of conducting these reviews, she must call on the entire Executive Board to
reflect on the members' activity for this evaluation.


The VP shall inform all members when hours are due at the beginning of each semester and
when the review process shall take place at least one week in advance.
It shall not be necessary to meet personally with all members during this time of review.
However, it is the VPs responsibility to schedule a personal meeting with those members who
have failed to meet the requirements herein. Those required to attend this meeting include the
VP, another member of the Executive Board, and the Lasso on review.
Matters involving the social policy shall result in receiving a formal letter concerning the
incident and meeting with the President, Sergeant at Arms, and/or Pledge Educator. At this
meeting a consequence will be determined and membership will be reviewed.
In the event that an officer or chair shall be asked to attend a personal review based on her
performance, she shall not be permitted to attend the post consequence discussion of her
performance. This post discussion should strive to assign a consequence for the broken oath.
Summary of Consequences
Section 4
All members not fulfilling terms or consequences of membership (Article IV and V) shall be
placed on probation during the following semester.
If she does not fulfill her terms or consequences of membership as stated in Article IV and V,
during her probationary period she will be asked to resign membership.
Specific consequences concerning Spirit and Service hours are outlined in Appendix 1.
In the event that a member failed to arrive at a function of the organization she signed up for, she
will be charged for her portion of the expense at the discretion of the executive board.
No Hazing Policy
Section 5
The organization shall not promote or condone hazing of any kind. Should a member feel as
though she has been subjected to hazing she shall immediately contact the Campus and
Community Involvement officials located in room 4.104 of the Student Services Building.
The policy below list those things considered to be hazing by the Campus and Community
Involvement webpage: 4
The 70th Texas Legislature enacted a law concerning hazing which became effective on
September 1, 1987. Under the law, individuals or organizations engaging in hazing could be
subject to fines and charged with a criminal offense.
According to the law, a person can commit a hazing offense not only by engaging in a hazing
activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, aiding or attempting to aid another in
hazing; by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by failing to report


first hand knowledge, in writing to the Dean of Students, that a hazing incident is planned or has
occurred. The fact that a person consented to or acquiesced in a hazing activity is not a defense to
prosecution for hazing under this law.
In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or
criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event in good faith and without
malice to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution and immunizes that
person for participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from that report. Additionally, a
doctor or other medical practitioner who treats a student who may have been subjected to hazing
may make a good faith report of the suspected hazing activities to police or other law
enforcement officials and is immune from civil or other liability that might otherwise be imposed
or incurred as a result of the report. The penalty for failure to report is a fine of up to $1,000, up
to 180 days in jail, or both. Penalties for other hazing offenses vary according to the severity of
the injury which results and include fines from $500 to $10,000 and/or confinement for up to two
This law does not affect or in any way restrict the right of The University to enforce its own rules
against hazing.
Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, Part One,
Chapter VI, Section 3.6 and 3.7, provide that:
(a) Hazing with or without the consent of a student is prohibited by the System, and a
violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the
person submitting to the hazing subject to discipline.
(b) Initiations or activities of organizations may include no feature which is dangerous,
harmful, or degrading to the student, and a violation of this prohibition renders both
the organization and participating individuals
subject to discipline.
The law defines hazing as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the
campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against
a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of
pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in
any organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution. Hazing
includes but is not limited to:
any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic
shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements,
confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an
unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of
the student;
any activity involving consumption of food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other
substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or which adversely
affects the mental or physical health of the student;


any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student
to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or
dignity of the student or
discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or
that may reasonably be expected to
cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than
submit to acts
described in this subsection; and
any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task which
involves a violation of the Penal Code.
Activities which under certain conditions constitute acts which are dangerous, harmful, or
degrading, in violation of subsections 6-304(e) and 11-804(7) of the Institutional Rules on
Student Services and Activities include but are not
limited to:
(a) Calisthenics, such as sit-ups, push-ups, or any other form of physical exercise;
(b) Total or partial nudity at any time;
(c) The eating or ingestion of any unwanted substance;
(d) The wearing or carrying of any obscene or physically burdensome article;
(e) Paddle swats, including the trading of swats;
(f) Pushing, shoving, tackling, or any other physical contact;
(g) Throwing oil, syrup, flour, or any harmful substance on a person;
(h) Rat Court, kangaroo court, or other individual interrogation;
(i) Forced consumption of alcoholic beverages either by threats or peer pressure;
(j) Lineups intended to demean or intimidate;
(k) Transportation and abandonment (road trips, kidnaps, walks, rides, drops);
(l) Confining individuals in an area which is uncomfortable or dangerous (hot box effect,
high temperature, too small);
(m) Any type of personal servitude which is demeaning or of personal
benefit to
the individual members;
(n) Wearing of embarrassing or uncomfortable clothing;
(o) Assigning pranks such as stealing, painting objects, harassing other organizations;
(p) Intentionally messing up the house or a room for clean up;
(q) Demeaning names;
(r) Yelling and screaming; and
(s) Requiring boxing matches or fights for entertainment.


Appendix 1
Lasso Service and Spirit Policy
1. If you are signed up for an event on OrgSync, you must attend at the times youre signed
up for. You will receive negative hours if you are not in attendance, or for any amount of
time that you are late after 10 minutes. If you are late, you will be exempt from negative
hours if you stay after your shift the amount of time you were late to the event according
to the discretion of the service chair.
2. If you have signed up for an event on Orgsync but would like to cancel, you are able to
click unattending on OrgSync three days before the event without no questions asked,
unless it is an event where a certain number of volunteers is required. If it is less than
three days before, you are responsible for informing the service chairs with an excuse for
your absence. If you cancel within 24 hours, you will be required to find a replacement; if
finding a replacement is not possible you will be held accountable for the shift and will
therefore receive negative hours. For events that require a minimum number of
volunteers, once signed up, you are committed to that spot unless you are able to find a
3. Any unexcused absences from service or spirit events will also be counted towards your
absences for review.
4. If you receive negative hours, you will receive an email from the service or spirit chair
shortly after the event, informing you that you have received negative hours in the
amount of your missed shift. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY TO INCLUDE
5. You must sign up for an event in order to attend. If you do not sign up for the event, you
will not receive hours for the time you worked regardless of whether or not you were
there. You must notify the service chair 24 hours in advance if you would like to go to an
event, and that chair will determine whether or not it is possible. If there are events that
do not require you to be signed up, the service chair will let the organization know upon
presenting the service opportunity.
6. If you are attending a service event you are expected to do what is asked of you. Unless
otherwise told there is nothing for you to do, please help out with anything you are able
to. If an officer sees any Lassos standing around, when others are working, they will first
address the member; if the issue is not fixed, it will result in negative hours for the
amount of time work was not being done. We are a service organization and should be
constantly looking for more ways to give back to our community.


Appendix 3

Code of Conduct for Social Events

Texas Lassos is a organization of outstanding women supporting each other in lifelong achievement. To
fulfill this mission of sisterly compassion, I shall encourage the development of an environment in which
individuals can make informed, healthy, and responsible decisions about alcohol and controlled
substances at all social events. I shall discourage illegal and irresponsible behavior of others, assume
responsibility for my decisions/behaviors, and accept consequences resulting from those
A. Conduct Guidelines

Respect myself, my fellow Lassos, the venue, and the Texas Lassos name at all times.
Comply with all state and federal laws.
Abide by the requests of the Executive Board.
Dress appropriately for the event.
Bring a government issued picture identification card.
Not engage in or tolerate underage drinking.
Explain the rules and expectations to my date well in advance of the event.
Be held responsible for my dates actions. The member will be responsible for any monetary
damages her date may cause. If my guest is asked to leave I will leave with them.
Be responsible for any fees associated with the transportation in the event that my guest or I is
sent home early from an event.
Avoid compromising situations and behave with dignity.
Recognize that my actions represent not only myself but the entire Texas Lassos Organization.
Seek help if I am unsure I am making the strongest decision.

B. Accountability
I shall uphold these expectations as well as hold fellow Lassos accountable for following the rules
outlined above. Any member in violation of the Code of Conduct for Social Events is subject to be
reviewed by the Executive Board.
I understand that this Code of Conduct applies to all social events affiliated with Texas Lassos.
I pledge to abide by these guidelines as a member of the Texas Lassos



Alcohol and Drug Policy

Drugs and Alcohol
If alcoholic beverages are served at Texas Lasso events it is the responsibility of the each
Lasso to see that she is behaving in appropriate standards of conduct at all times and to
ensure that any such activity complies fully with all applicable federal, state, provincial,
local and university laws, ordinances and regulations.
Lassos under the age of 21 are not allowed to drink at Lasso events.
Lassos are expected to Drink responsibly
Lassos who have had too much to drink before or during a Texas Lasso event will be
asked to leave.
If a Lasso seems to be in danger due over consumption, it is at the discretion of the
President, Vice president and Sargent at Arms to call 911. If they are not able to be
reached then it is at the digression of the Social Chairs to call 911.
We do not encourage drinking games, pre-gaming, or any other event that encourages
over drinking.
Drugs and Controlled Substances
The use, possession, or distribution of illegal or contraband drugs is prohibited at any
Texas Lassos sponsored event by members or guests. If a Lasso is found doing this, she
will be reported to the Executive Board and given a strike 3.
Any member caught in the sale, possession, or use of any narcotics will be reported to the
Executive Board and given a strike 3.


Appendix 4
Lasso Social Policy
The Texas Lassos value having a reputation of women who behave responsibly and respectfully at social,
service, and spirit functions associated with the organization. This means representing the values of Texas
Lassos wherever associated with the organization, including any online representation. In order to maintain a
respectable reputation, we believe it is important to take legal responsibility for our actions. To ensure the
quality of Texas Lassos events and uphold the concern for safety of our members, our members will refrain
from drinking and driving or riding with someone who has been drinking beyond the legal limit. Texas Lassos
also does not condone underage drinking of any kind. Any member who incurs extra costs at an event will
be held monetarily accountable. Any violation of this policy, whether it be seen as a minor or major offense,
will dealt with at the discretion of the executive board. This may call for, but is not limited to, the following
levels of consequences:
Warnings will be given at the event if a Lasso is behaving inappropriately and violating the Code of Conduct.
The Lasso will be approached by President, Vice President, or Sergeant at Arms (or Social chairs if they are
not present) and asked to leave the event immediately. If the Lasso ignores this warming and does not leave,
then she will be given a Level 1 Strike. Each Lasso gets 2 warning each semester. If she has to be given a 3 rd
warning, then she will receive a Leave 1 Strike.
Level 1: The member in question must serve as the Legal Lasso at the next social event they are able to attend.
This is a warning, and is used to let Lassos know that the Executive Board is aware of their behavior. This
Level is given to help Lassos understand when they have pushed the limits and to help them correct their
behavior before it goes to far. Examples of a Level 1 include, but not limited to:
Being overly intoxicated at a Lasso event (contained within Lassos, which means ONLY lassos sees it
and it is handles discreetly)
o This includes throwing up, being unable to support themselves ect.
Inappropriate actions at a Lasso event (i.e. physical fights, over display of affection)
Being Kicked out of an event for drinking under 21 by or being overly intoxicated under 21 by venue
staff or President, Vice President or Sargent at Arms (first offence)
Level 2: The member in question will not be allowed to attend the next major social function. The function
they must miss will be determined by the Executive board to reflect the level of offense. If a Lasso or Lass is
commits a Level 2 offense, she is no longer in good standing and therefore cannot be initiated into Lassos.
Examples of a Level 2 include, but not limited to:
Being overly intoxicated at a Lasso event (noticed by Lassos and at least one other organization)
Harming the Reputation of Texas Lassos
o Throwing up in public, unable to support themselves, starting physical fights with others,
inappropriate public displays of affection
Hospital involvement due to over alcohol poisoning, or major injury occurred at an event due to
intoxication (with no prior record)
Level 3: The member in question may face immediate expulsion from the organization. Examples of a Level 3
include, but not limited to:
A lasso or Lass with a Level 2 continues to behave inappropriately
o Throwing up in public, unable to support themselves, starting physical fights with others,
Police involvement
Possession of Drugs
Being Kicked out of an event for drinking under 21 or being overly intoxicated under 21 by venue
staff or President, Vice President or Sargent at Arms (second offence)
Hospital involvement due to over alcohol poisoning, or major injury occurred at an event due to
intoxication (with prior record, Level 1 or 2)


Any member found partaking in illegal activities may be subject to the consequences outlined in Level 3,
despite their past history of violations.
Application of these consequences will be administered at the discretion of the executive board. These levels
of consequence merely serve as a guideline for future decisions to maintain consistency within the
organization. The Sergeant at Arms will keep a record of offenses to this policy. Level 1 offenses are dismissed
every semester. A second level offense will continue with the member throughout her time in the organization.
Whether or not a Level 2 offense translates to Level 3, will be decided upon by the Executive board at the time
of the third offense.


Appendix 3
I, _______________________, understand that it is a privilege to be a member of Lassos. With
this privilege comes the responsibility to represent Lassos well. I will fulfill these service
requirements and understand that if this is not done it reflects poorly on Lassos and will possibly
affect the opportunities Lassos receive in the future.