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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to announce new anti-hazing initiative

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke at an Inter-University Council of Ohio Council of Presidents press conference on Monday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine spoke at an Inter-University Council of Ohio Council of Presidents press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, to announce "a new initiative demonstrating Ohio public universities’ commitment to zero-tolerance for hazing."

The press conference can be re-watched in the video player above.

DeWine's announcement comes just weeks after he signed into effect "Collin's Law," an anti-hazing bill named after former Ohio University student Collin Wiant, who died in a hazing incident in 2018. As outlined by DeWine, "Collin's Law" enacts the following:

  • Increases the penalty of hazing to a second-degree misdemeanor, raising it from a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
  • Hazing that results in serious harm is elevated to a third-degree felony.
  • Expands the definition of hazing and specifies that hazing “may include coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse.”
  • Expands the list of officials who are required to report hazing.
  • Widens the scope of those who can be punished for participating in or permitting hazing.
  • Requires that those aware of hazing report it to authorities with penalties up to a first-degree misdemeanor for failing to do so.
  • Requires staff and volunteers at colleges and universities to undergo training on hazing awareness and prevention.

In addition to Wiant, Collin's Law also honors 20-year-old Stone Foltz, who died after an alleged hazing at Bowling Green State University earlier this year.

Speakers at Monday's press conference included the following:

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
  • Bruce Johnson, president and CEO, Inter-University Council of Ohio Council of Presidents
  • Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D., president, Bowling Green State University
  • Gregory Crawford, Ph.D., president, Miami University
    Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D., president, The Ohio State University
  • Shari and Cory Foltz, parents of Stone Foltz