Hazing Prevention and Education
Introduction to Collin's Law
Ohio’s Senate Bill 126, also referred to as Collin’s Law in honor of Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old man who died in a hazing incident in 2018. The bill requires each public and private institution of higher education in Ohio to adopt an anti-hazing policy and publish it on its website. The policy must include rules prohibiting hazing; a method to enforce the policy; and penalties for such behavior, including fines, the withholding of a diploma or transcript, revocation of permission for an organization to operate on campus, probation, suspension, dismissal, and expulsion.
College Statement on Hazing
Tri-C believes hazing has no place in higher education and encourages all members of our community to report any instances of hazing they witness, have knowledge of, or suspect to law enforcement and to the College’s Office of Student Affairs. Tri-C prohibits hazing as part of its Student Code of Conduct and will investigate and respond to all reports of hazing it receives.
Summary Report Senate Bill 126 – Cuyahoga Community College Anti-Hazing Prohibition
The College has determined that there have been no violations its anti-hazing policy for the five consecutive years prior to the effective date of Collin’s Law, Oct. 7, 2021.
Current Academic Year Reporting (2022–2023):
As of July 31, 2023, the College received eight (8) incident reports of potential hazing. Upon investigation, the College has determined that none of the reported incidents were violations of its Anti-Hazing policy. Each incident was adjudicated under the College’s Student Code of Conduct, but the behavior did not involve hazing.
HAZING (O.R.C. 2903.31) - “Hazing” means doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse, as defined in section 3719.011 of the Revised Code.