Zero-tolerance hazing initiative announced in Ohio

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 3:15 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Gov. Mike DeWine announced an initiative Monday that aims to stop hazing at Ohio colleges.

Fourteen university presidents from throughout the state are working with the governor and the parents of hazing victims to implement the zero-tolerance initiative.

Anyone who participates in hazing will be automatically dismissed from their university or college.

Each school will implement strategies to help prevent hazing including educating advisors, working with law enforcement, education on hazing, and so forth.

In addition to the zero-tolerance approach, Bowling Green President Rodney K. Rodgers says that they want to “eradicate hazing.”

Gov. DeWine says he wants there to be a “culture change” at Ohio universities.

“Hazing is not tolerated in the state of Ohio,” DeWine said.

The initiative was announced after the governor signed Collin’ s Law in early July. The anti-hazing legislation is named after Ohio University student, Collin Wiant, who died due to a hazing incident.

The bill was sponsored by State Sen. Stephanie Kunze and Sen. Gavarone of Bowling Green after the hazing death of student Stone Foltz at Bowling Green State University.

Foltz’s parents, Cory and Shari, spoke on behalf of their son, who said that there needs to be a “new culture” at universities.

“Hazing is abuse, and hazing should not be tolerated in any form,” Shari said.

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