COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As Collin’s Law is set to go into effect Thursday, the Ohio Department of Higher Education has released a plan to help the state’s colleges and universities prevent hazing on their campuses.
In a release, ODHE said the higher education anti-hazing plan was created is in response to Collin’s Law, signed in July, which makes hazing a felony. The law was named in remembrance of 18-year old Collin Wiant who died in a hazing incident in 2018.
According to a news release, ODHE’s statewide educational plan includes a model anti-hazing policy plus guidelines for colleges and universities to use in developing anti-hazing education and training.
A recent hazing death in Ohio occurred at Bowling Green State University in March 2021. Stone Foltz was a 20-year old sophomore from Delaware, Ohio, who died after an event with the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. One man charged in the hazing death pleaded guilty in September to reduced charges.
This plan is meant to serve as a tool and a resource for colleges andODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner
universities in Ohio to utilize. The time is now for all forms of hazing
on all campuses to end. The gravity of this issue demands our full
attention, and I look forward to supporting and assisting our colleges
and universities as they increase and expand their anti-hazing efforts,
making Ohio’s campuses as safe as possible for all.